October is really the most magical month of the year because you can make it the way you want it. It can be sweet and sassy, it can be monstrous, it can be spooky or it can be a perfectly beautiful fall month. You make it be what you want it to be. Pixi Beauty sent over some of their October offerings and I find a little of everything in these selections – sweet, spooky, and fallish.
First is a Pixi Beauty Super Smoky Crayon Combo. This is a double ended pencil with one side meant for lining and the other defining. The Line end is thinner and pointier. If you’ve never tried Pixi Beauty pencils you are totally missing out on something fabulous in the world of pencil eyeliners. I’ve bought many including sets of them. This is my first one that’s double ended and meant to be worn two ways. The Line end, a matte black, is for your upper lash line while the thicker charcoal Define end is for blending into your lower lashline as well as into the crease to contour.It’s a great charcoal with a luminous finish. Using the pencil this way would be for my spooky aka Smoky eye. The pencil is waterproof, hypoallergenic and like most Pixi products has no preservatives or mineral oil.
Keeping on the Spooky track for October, or any month, chose the Pixi Beauty Polish in Matte Black. What’s great about a matte black polish is that it can be used in many ways – nail art, matte polish, or top it with a shiny top coat and have a shiny black. A gorgeous manicure is to use this Matte Black polish on your nails and then do the tips only (like a French manicure) with a shiny clear top coat. It’s both dressy like a black tie party and attention getting for daily wear. The polish is thick and you could get away with one coat if you wanted. Pixi polishes wear well on me since I find them to be chip resistant. Plus there’s a built in UV protection to prevent discoloration. Pixi makes their polishes 3 Free (Toluene, Formaldehyde and DBP free) ($8).
For the sweet and sassy I’d look into Pixi’s Fairy Dust. For October they are featuring Snow Sparkle Fairy Dust ($10). This has a luminous glow to it. It looks like there’s a touch of lavender in the bottle but what appears on the eye or cheeks is a subtle platinum. It isn’t glitter but it is pure shimmer. Use this on the inner corners of your eyes and/or on the lid. You can also dust this along your browbone for an uplift to your eyes or even over your lips to create a glow. Since it’s not glitter it feels smooth on your lips, not crunchy.
A fabulous choice for your lips is a true fall shade – Tinted Brilliance Balm in Soft Sienna. I’m a huge fan of crayon lip products and Pixi Beauty knows how to do them right. Their lip balm crayons ($14) are glossy, moisturizing and hydrating. Soft Sienna is a beautiful shade for the season since it has a touch of brown, a touch of red and a touch of coral. But it’s not too much of any of those shades, it’s just a brilliant combination that makes an easy to wear and unique color. This has a slight fragrance that reminds me of peaches. I like a subtle shade on my lips so Soft Sienna hits the jackpot for me.
Pixi Beauty used these products on the runway in a spring 2015 look they called their Futuristic Fall Face. Eyes used both the Super Smoky Crayon Combo and Fairy Dust in Snow Sparkle – black and white and luminous glow. The lips in Soft Sienna added a perfect pop of color for the white items that were featured with the look.
Make October your month to be whatever you want to be. Don’t be stuck in orange and black – change those up to sienna and charcoal to lead the way. — Marcia
*items sent for editorial consideration, products can be found at some Target stores and on Pixi’s website
Please excuse unedited pictures, at the moment I only have an old iPhone to get photographs
If you follow me on Beauty Info Zone you probably know I’m obsessed with eyeliners. I’ve been trying to write reviews about the different ones I’ve been trying since I have a goal to find the ultimate liquid eyeliner. In a way it was Eddie Funkhouser that started me on this quest. I fell totally in love with his Ultra Definition Eye Lining Stylus. I wanted to see if there was a brown liquid eyeliner that I could love as much. So far it’s no go. This is still a fun quest and I’m finding lots of eyeliners, liquid and pencil especially, that I’m enjoying a lot.
Imagine my surprise when on Valentine’s Day I received a box from Eddie Funkhouser that contained two eyeliners. It’s like he could read my mind. Other than a diamond ring there’s nothing better than a few new eyeliners to try. (I’m the princess of exaggeration).
Eddie Funkhouser Graffiti Cream Eye Pencil and Graffiti Liquid Liner are my latest and greatest toys. Graffiti Cream Eye Pencil ($10.49) comes in one color – Absolute Black. But it’s not just black, it’s black black and more black. This deep dark color applies smoothly and evenly lining your eyes in one easy stroke. Because it’s a cream eyeliner pencil you have time to smudge so Eddie made it very easy for you and included a smudger on the opposite end of the pencil. This is a twist-up pencil which also has a built in sharpener.
The pencil is great in 3 special ways: 1) as a dark black eyeliner pencil that doesn’t travel to give you raccoon eyes, 2) as a smokey liner when you smudge it and 3) as a black liner to go with the Graffiti Liquid Liners. What they recommend is to apply the Graffiti Cream Eyeliner without smudging and then apply a line of one of the bright colors of Graffiti Liquid Liners right above and out. This makes for an amazing cat eye especially.
Eddie Funkhouser Graffiti Liquid Liner is one fun eyeliner ($9.99). It’s available in three outstanding shades that fit the Eddie Funkhouser line perfectly. I have HAZE which you can see is a gorgeous metallic grape, there’s sparkle in it that’s both purple and red. You’d think it would be totally out there for a woman of my age but it makes for a gorgeous look, especially with soft shadows. There’s also INDICA (metallic ocean grown blue) and KUSH (Metallic harvest green).
Step one is to clean off the brush since too much can come out. I like to wipe it on the edge as I pull it out and make sure it looks even on the brush. If I don’t do that I’ll get an uneven application – see photo below.
The goal with the Graffiti Liquid Liners is to add beautiful, hologram-inspired impact to eyes for an amazing accent of multidimensional, fashion-forward color. This is a fun eyeliner for me to use when I want to add a little more zap to my life. I’m not going to wear purple metallic liner in my everyday life but weekends are meant for a great dinner out and a little excitement.
Speaking of excitement, blush.com now carries Eddie Funkhouser. I’m overjoyed about this discovery. Not only can I get free shipping and Ebates but I can get my thrill of Eddie any time I want.
p.s. Eddie, if you are reading, I finished my candy hearts quickly and thought of you the whole time!! — Marcia
*sent for editorial consideration
It Cosmetics™ are truly IT in the eyes of Beauty Info Zone and now they are truly IT ON the eyes of Beauty Info Zone. We are happy to be able to share with you the 10 shades of No Tug Waterproof Gel Eyeliner by IT Cosmetics. These were sent to us to review and you should have seen the two of us jumping up and down with delight and then picking which colors we wanted. One for Marcia, one for Lisa, one for Marcia, one for Lisa. We’ve obviously read the book All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten (Robert Fulghum). Well we didn’t wear eyeliner in kindergarten but we learned about quality at an early age.
It Cosmetics™ products are all anti-aging products which we really appreciate. These eyeliners are “clinically proven anti-aging long wear pencils infused with hydrolized silk, peptides & anti-oxidants.” They are paraben free and of course cruelty free.
You are going to have two problems though once you see our swatches and read our review: 1) which colors will you want and 2) where are you going to buy them. Personally we haven’t found them online though we did hear that Ulta stores carry them and that they are coming very soon.
I was able to pick the shades Black, Copper, Lucky Jade, Navy and Silk Taupe. I’m thrilled with my choices. These are all colors I love wearing for eyeshadow and for eyeliner. Since I had first pick I instantly picked Silk Taupe and it’s my very favorite of these 5.
As a former elementary school teacher you’ll see my swatches are in ABC order!!
Black is a very intense black, if you are a black eyeliner lover then this is one you need. I found it to be a bit softer than my other pencils and the tip broke off at first but since there’s a built-in sharpener it wasn’t a problem.
Copper is a golden copper shade. This one is especially nice under your eyes or even as a base for eyeshadow.
Lucky Jade isn’t really jade. It’s more of a forest green with a touch of khaki. It has a light amount of shimmer to it.
Navy is more denim like than it is a dark navy. You really see blue with this one unlike so many that look more like black once on.
Silk Taupe is a golden taupe with a beautiful light amount of shimmer
I love having the choice of which shade to wear since they are all beautiful. I have a feeling though that Silk Taupe will need a sibling soon since it’s getting so much use.
Marcia picked some awesome shades but I am extremely happy with the ones I have. These gel liners are beautiful. They glide on and have terrific lasting power, even with my oily eyelids. I love the self sharpening feature. If you want more of a point on the end, just pull off the sharpener on the bottom and you can easily get a point that will give you a thin, precise line.
My ‘fantastic five’ are Slate, Plum, Highlight, Brown, and Black Brown.
Slate is a medium gray with blue tones. It is super pretty with silver eyeshadow.
Plum is a shimmery red toned purple. This is a great shade for fall and winter and looks amazing paired with brown or gray eyeshadow.
Highlight is definitely the most unusual of all my shades. This is a shimmery champagne shade that is fantastic on the waterline. It’s also great on the inner corners of the lids or even as an all-over lid shade. I think this is my favorite of my fabulous five just because it’s so versatile.
Brown is a medium warm brown with very slight shimmer. This is an excellent basic shade that should be in everyone’s collection.
Black Brown is just that – a browned-down black. I love this because sometimes Black seems too harsh for daytime. Black Brown gives me that dark definition I want, but it’s softer. And the black/brown combination is different from a grayed-down black. It’s warmer and just plain pretty.
My shades swatched from left to right, in a much less inventive photo than Miss Marcia’s: Plum, Black Brown, Brown, Highlight, and Slate. Gel liners are terrific for their ease of application and the pencil form makes them that much more convenient. The It Cosmetics Gel Eyeliners are wonderful, this line just keeps hitting home run after home run with me.
Look for these to be coming to your local Ulta soon if they aren’t there already. PR tells us that they should be more widely available soon. There’s nothing like the smoothness of these eyeliners.
*sent for review
One of the things that Tarte Cosmetics is known for are their holiday sets and for 2013 they’ve totally outdone themselves. There are gift sets galore that you’ll find at all prices. These sets are always great values with quality products that are just beautiful. When you need a gift for a birthday, Chanuka, Christmas or any other event, Tarte is the place to go. Today we are featuring some sets that are specifically for the eyes that we know will have you drooling. Plus we have a bonus for you. If you order one of the sets on THIS PAGE at tarte you will get a FREE Glamazon lipstick in your choice of color with the code GLAM13, just add it to your cart and use the code. Of course something this great is going to go fast so don’t hesitate.
MARCIA’S PICKS FOR EYES:
When Tarte was kind enough to send us some items for review my eyes glommed instantly onto this Rare Gem limited edition rhinestone picture perfect™ eyelash curler with a deluxe lights, camera, lashes™ 4-in-1 mascara. Who can resist purple rhinestones? I surely can’t. I love purple, I love rhinestones and I love tarte. The perfect combination. And guess what – this amazing set costs only $19! I was shocked when I saw the price. I’m always looking for gifts that are in this price range and I know exactly whose eyes will glimmer when they see this in their package.
The eyelash curler is surprisingly easy to use. You’d think that the rhinestone handle would get uncomfortable but it doesn’t. It opens very wide so it’s easy to get your eyelashes in without pinching. This great set comes with an additional rubber applicator replacement. Plus the mascara that it comes with is Lights, camera, lashes 4-in-1 mascara, one of tarte’s best. This is the total package!
LISA’S PICKS FOR EYES:
I actually have two picks, because both sets are terrific values and come with some of my favorite tarte items. I am loving the Stop and Stare set ($39) and the Best for Lash set ($25).
The Stop and Stare set comes with six items: 3 full size skinny smolderEYES™ Amazonian clay waterproof liners in onyx, purple garnet (a new shade) and azurite green; 2 full size smolderEYES™ Amazonian clay waterproof liners in taupe (a new shade) and rose gold; and a deluxe size lights, camera, flashes™ statement mascara. It has everything you need to create beautiful eyes that truly will make everyone stop and stare.
The lights, camera, flashes statement mascara is a great mascara, especially for tons of volume and lots of length. The skinny eyeliners are great for getting a super precise line that really lasts. And the chubby waterproof liners give a gorgeous, thick line that can be smudged out with the rubber smudger or even used as a lid shade. Here are some swatches:
Another great option for eyes is the Best for Lash set, which has my vote for ‘most clever name’.
This set has four items: a deluxe size multiplEYE™ lash enhancing primer, a deluxe size lights, camera, lashes™ 4-in-1 mascara, a deluxe size lights, camera, flashes™ statement mascara, and a deluxe size lights, camera, lashes™ waterproof 12-hr inner rim liner.
Just think of the amazing eye looks you can create with the primer to boost lash volume, two different choices of mascara (the 4 in 1 for excellent separation and curl, and the flashes 4 in 1 for even more volume), and the rim liner for super precise eye lining and rim lining! Both of these sets are perfect for any cosmetics-loving gal and even more perfect for YOU.
Tarte has some incredibly affordable, high quality gift options for the upcoming holidays. With the offer of a free Glamazon Lipstick, now is the perfect time to start that holiday shopping.
I used a combination of mostly Le Metier and Christina Choi products one day last week and I loved the results. Here’s what I used:
For this face of the day, I used Le Metier de Beaute Classic Finish Foundation in V applied with a Beauty Blender. Next, I smoothed It Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye Concealer under my eyes and on any dark or red areas. After that, I applied Inglot Cream Blush in 81, followed by It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores loose powder and It Cosmetics Hello Light Powder Illumizer, plus a little bit of Le Metier Sun Kissed Bronzer.
On my eyes, I used Christina Choi Glitz and Glamour which I reviewed HERE. I used Chandelier on the lid, then I used the Glamour cake liner dry on the crease. I followed with Glitz on the crease and down onto the lid. Then I wet the cake liner with Face Atelier Transforming Gel and lined my upper lid. I used Make Up For Ever Kohl Liner in black on my waterline.
I used my Joey Healy Brow Architect Stylo in Molasses for my eyebrows.
Lips were Clarins 01 Bay Rose Lip Definer, Guerlain Levres Lips 02 gloss, and I used my Verge One Spiral Wand on my hair. Wow, sounds like a lot of products, but it didn’t take long to apply and I was totally ready for my day. I loved my combination of favorite go-to products, it’s always great when things turn out even better than you had hoped! – Lisa
*some items received from PR
The holidays wouldn’t be the same for makeup lovers without tarte’s amazing holiday sets. There is something for everyone in the 2012 Baby It’s Bold Outside collection. We’ve reviewed quite a few of the items but there’s still one more that you need to make your collection complete – Eye Catchers. This amazing set contains 5 full size smolderEYES™ Amazonian clay waterproof liners plus 1 full size skinny smolderEYES™ Amazonian clay waterproof eye liner. What amazes me is that a single smolderEYES™ liner costs $25 yet this set with 6 full size items is $39. And it’s gorgeous and useful and has new colors for tarte. What more could you ask for?
These smolderEYES™ liners double as eyeshadow and eyeliner. They happen to be extremely creamy and are so easy to use as an eyeshadow. They just glide on my eyes like nobody’s business. I find them much more creamy than the ones I’ve previously had. Even with all this creaminess once they set, they are S.E.T. These don’t move on me. They last a good 10 hours without fading.
The smolderEYES™ Amazonian clay crayons (as I call them) come in 5 new shades Ash Violet – this is a simply beautiful take on violet, it’s a smokey blue based violet that actually looks like violet and not black. I instantly fell in love with this shade.
Champagne – a fantastic peachy champagne shade that looks gorgeous just about anywhere you apply it. I’ve tried it on my browbone with other shades in the set, I’ve used it as an eyeshadow on my lid, and it makes a very pretty undereye shade in place of a dark liner.
Gunmetal – this is a shade I jump on when I see it in stores. It’s like a combination of brown and silver in one stunning shade. Gold – what a lovely shade to use as an eyeshadow or liner. It brightens without being gaudy. I like this best as an eyeshadow on my lid but it can be used anywhere. It’s more of a golden bronze to me than a true gold.
The colors in Eye Catchers happen to be stunning. They are 100% winners. It’s hard to pick a favorite in the set, but who needs to when you can have them all! I’ve seen them on Sephora.com, Ulta.com, and Amazon.com as well as at the stores. These are limited edition and will be gone before you know it so don’t wait to pick these up and make your eyes into ones that will CATCH someone else’s eye! — Marcia
Some Tarte holiday reviews on Beauty Info Zone: Fantastic Foursome blush set, LipSurgence Collector Set, The Big Thrill Collection, and For the Love of Lipgloss. These Baby It’s Bold Outside sets are holiday delights.