Pacifica eye makeup giveaway

It’s been a while since I’ve done a mini giveaway and the Pacifica eye makeup products I was recently sent are perfect for this time before the holidays. There are two items that you can win when entering.

Pacifica Dream Big Mascara and Natural Eye Pencil giveaway

Pacifica Dream Big Mascara and Natural Eye Pencil giveaway

What you can win is the Pacifica Beauty Dream Big Lash Extending 7 in 1 Mascara and a Natural Eye Pencil in Jet. Pacifica is a cruelty free company that remains independent from the big brands. They are a 100% vegan and cruelty-free company. Tashina from Logical Harmony names this mascara as her all time favorite. She only reviews cruelty free brands so her statement is important.

Pacifica Dream Big Twist

Pacifica Dream Big Twist

What makes this mascara stand out from the crowd is the brush that twists. You can get length and/or volume depending on the way you twist the brush.

Pacifica Dream Big

Pacifica Dream Big

The other item you’ll win is a Pacifica Natural Eye Pencil that is said to be waterproof and long wear. The color is Jet, aka dark black. I didn’t open this since it’s sealed and I’m sure you know what a black eyeliner pencil looks like.

Pacifica mascara and eyeliner giveaway

Pacifica mascara and eyeliner giveaway

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION: I haven’t done an international giveaway in way too long. This giveaway runs through 12/13/16 which hopefully gives me time to be out of my cast and get to the post office so send a healing wish my way! Be sure you are an email subscriber to Beauty Info Zone and comment. You wouldn’t believe the number of people who enter without doing those and are therefore disqualified. All other entries give you more of a chance to win. —  Marcia

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*sent by Pacifica to facilitate this giveaway

SheaMoisture Ultra Smooth Long Wear Eye Pencil review and swatches

SheaMoisture Ultra Smooth Long Wear Eye Pencils

SheaMoisture Ultra Smooth Long Wear Eye Pencils

Yesterday I posted about my new lean mean makeup routine since I am always running late, and it reminded me that I haven’t reviewed these awesome gel eyeliner pencils.  SheaMoisture makes 150 different products for ‘every kind of normal’, and their products include some great affordable cosmetics.  The Ultra Smooth Long Wear Eye Pencils ($7.99) are great pops of color that last all day.                                                                                 samples

My favorite liner is gel eyeliner but I am lazy about using the pots and a brush.  I love pencils because you just take off the top and draw, and the lining deed is done.  The SheaMoisture Ultra Smooth Long Wear Eye Pencils go on like a gel and last like a liquid liner.  The color payoff is awesome, and while there is lots of time for play, the liner stays in place – even when my mascara doesn’t.

The eyeliners come in Black, Blue, Brown, Purple, Teal and Turquoise.  I have three of them:

SheaMoisture Ultra Smooth Long Wear Eye Pencils

SheaMoisture Ultra Smooth Long Wear Eye Pencils

Purple, which is a bright shimmery pinky lavender; Brown, which is a deep brown with a slight golden shimmer; and Blue, which is a light cream blue .  I love using two different shades, typically Brown on my upper lash line then Blue or Purple on my lower lash line.

SheaMoisture Ultra Smooth Long Wear Eye Pencils

SheaMoisture Ultra Smooth Long Wear Eye Pencils in Purple, Brown, and Blue

The colors are great, the application is easy, and the wear is long.  What’s not to love??  You can fine SheaMoisture products online at SheaMoisture.com.  Also, take a look at this video for their #BreakTheWalls national awareness platform as they challenge beauty industry standards with the question What’s Normal? – Lisa

*samples sent for editorial consideration

Continue with SheaMoisture on the journey to find #AMillionWaysToShea (www.amillionwaystoshea.com) and to #BreakTheWalls in beauty

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Thrive Causemetics – doing good for you and others

thrive eyeliner and eyebrow

THRIVE CAUSEMETICS has a special name and a special cause. They are a company that every man and woman around should appreciate and support. For every product purchased, a product is donated to a woman going through cancer treatment. This totally warms my heart making me even more thrilled that the company chose to send these to try out. It’s also a company that I want to see thrive.

At the current time Thrive Causemetics carries a variety of products: Infinity Waterproof Brow Liner, Infinity Waterproof Eyeliners, Faux Lashes, Lash Adhesive, and Hair Ties. Plus a great mug for all beauty lovers.

I have both an eyeliner and a brow liner to introduce you to.

THRIVE CAUSEMETICSINFINITY WATERPROOF EYELINER

thrive causemetics infinity eyebrow

Infinity Waterproof Eyeliner comes in various configurations. You can purchase a single liner for $22 or do a combo set of two products for $40. There are 4 matte shades and 1 shimmer liner to chose from: LAUREN (black), ELLA (brown), HODA (slate grey), GUILIANA (purple shimmer), and TALIA (navy). I have this in HODA which is a terrific slate grey shade. Even though I like a black liquid eyeliner I often find that it’s aging. This shade of grey is recognizable as grey and a softer look. I love how this glides on so easily.

Thrive eyeliner smudger and sharpener

Thrive eyeliner smudger and sharpener

Thrive Hoda Eyeliner (slate grey)

Thrive Hoda Eyeliner (slate grey)

Thrive makes this so easy to use by having a built in sharpener and smudger on the opposite end. Even more important is how long lasting this is without smudging or just plain disappearing during the day.

THRIVE INFINITY WATERPROOF BROW LINER

Thrive Infinity Waterproof Brow Liner

Thrive Infinity Waterproof Brow Liner

As regular readers know, I’ve become eyebrow obsessed so having this brow pencil is terrific. There are two shades available: Christina and Audrey. Christina is for those of you with light brows while Audrey is for darker brows. I was sent Audrey which is a good universal shade for brunettes. This is a windup pencil that never needs sharpening. It’s great for drawing in individual brow lashes since it’s got such a fine point to it. The opposite end has a spoolie which I rely on for smoothing out color.

from left: Hoda eyeliner, Audrey brow pencil

from left: Hoda eyeliner, Audrey brow pencil

The pencil is a triple threat; not only is it waterproof but it’s a wax and powder in one. The pigment is buildable so that helps me with the sparseness on the front of my brows. This contains shea butter, sodium hyalurante and ceramides which help encourage the growth of fuller brows. I may marry this if that happens over time!

Thrive products used by Jamie Greenberg at the 2016 Golden Globes

Thrive products used by Jamie Greenberg at the 2016 Golden Globes

There are so many reasons to recommend Thrive – beauty with a purpose that is paraben free, sulfate free, latex free, cruelty free and vegan. Can’t beat that. Even makeup artists like Jamie Greenberg used Thrive products like Audrey Brow Liner and Thrive Adhesive on clients like Kaley Cuoco at the Golden Globes. If it’s good enough for them, it’s great for me. — Marcia

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 Check out Thrive’s blog for lots of great cosmetic tips

Pixi Beauty has wallet friendly, beautiful LE holiday gift sets

This is the season that our wallets really start hurting. Everyone is bringing out gift sets that are too fabulous to ignore. Some of the ones we’ve shown already (or will be showing) are for those times when we can splurge. Most of our needs, wants, and gifts need to be more affordable so we don’t go into debt.

Pixi Beauty (Pixi by Petra) is in the latter category. Fabulous sets for yourself or for gifts. Holiday sets that you can put on a wishlist without feeling guilty. Perfect stocking stuffers and grab bag items can be bought for $12 to $24 from Pixi.

The hottest thing this year is contouring, highlighting and strobing as you no doubt know from reading magazines and blogs. Pixi’s Natural Contour Kit is all that and more! 4 facial shades and 8 eyeshadows can be mixed or matched for affordable beauty ($24).

Pixi Beauty Natural Contour Kit

Pixi Beauty Natural Contour Kit

The other trend this year is matte lipsticks. As beautiful as they are, they aren’t that easy to wear. I’ve reviewed two of Pixi’s Mattelustre Lipsticks and found them very comfortable and not drying. I can’t wear a true matte for more than an hour before I feel uncomfortable. That isn’t my reaction with Mattelustre since they feel creamy on my lips and don’t accentuate fine lines. The good news is that you can try them, or gift them, in a limited edition set called Mini Mattelustre Lipstick Quartette and it’s only $12. The shades are from their regular collection: Honey Bare, Petal Pink, Rose Naturelle and Bitten Rose.

Pixi Mini Mattelustre Lipstick Quartette

Pixi Mini Mattelustre Lipstick Quartette

Then there are the very popular and incredible Silky Eye Pencils. These were the first items I ever bought from Pixi since the raves were amazing and rightly so. Now for only $18 there’s the Mini Endless Silky Eye Pen Quartette for this holiday.

Pixi Beauty Mini Endless Silky Eye Pen Quartette

Pixi Beauty Mini Endless Silky Eye Pen Quartette

I was sent this set to test out and I’ve been enjoying it immensely. I never, ever go without eyeliner when I’m going somewhere. I just don’t look like myself if I leave it off. It’s a need, not a want. But you will want this set because it gives you the opportunity to try out their phenomenal pencils in 4 great colors.

Pixi Mini Endless Silky Pen Quartette

Pixi Mini Endless Silky Pen Quartette

Pixi Mini Endless Silky Pen Quartette

Pixi Mini Endless Silky Pen Quartette

This giftable box holds 4 liners that will work with whatever you wear. Three of the shades are from their collection and one shade is a new one created just for this LE gift set: BlackNoir, BlackCocoa, DeepPlum and SlateGrey (the limited edition shade).

BlackNoir, BlackCocoa, DeepPlum and SlateGrey.

BlackNoir, BlackCocoa, DeepPlum and SlateGrey.

top row: BlackNoir, SlateGray bottom row BlackCocoa, DeepPlum

top row: BlackNoir, SlateGray
bottom row BlackCocoa, DeepPlum

These are the silkiest pencils, you can smudge them if you want without a problem but once they set, they SET. You won’t find the colors migrating under your eyes during the day but you will find your eyeliner on after the work day is over.

Pixi Mini Endless Silky Eye Pen Quartette

Pixi Mini Endless Silky Eye Pen Quartette

Even though I’ve only tried this eyeliner kit out of the three kits, I have no problem recommending any and all of these three holiday sets. I’ve worked with Pixi Beauty often enough and wear so many of their products that I’m confident in these. They are ready to go for gift giving and for your merry self too. Don’t be late to the party!

Which set would you most like to see in your holiday haul? — Marcia

*sent for consideration

 

Playing with Pixi Beauty

Pixi Beauty

Pixi Beauty

Some people have real hobbies like crafting, sports, working out, playing bridge etc. but my hobby is makeup. Any kind of makeup makes me happy and keeps me busy. It’s not like I change makeup during the day, I don’t do that. But I love to apply my makeup and see how things look. That’s why Pixi Beauty always seems to make my day, especially when they send me a box of goodies to show you so you can play with makeup too.

Today I have 4 great Pixi Beauty products that will make you want to be me for a day. PIXI BROW POWDER PALETTE, ENDLESS SILKY EYE INTENSIFY DUO x 2, and SWEET STRAWBERRY NAIL COLOUR. All of these are available on Pixi’s website, Target and Target.com. Why should you love Pixi Beauty like I do? It’s a cruelty free company with great prices and amazing quality. That’s part of the reason why.

Pixi Brow Powder Palette, Endless Silky Eye Intensify Duos and Sweet Strawberry polish

Pixi Brow Powder Palette, Endless Silky Eye Intensify Duos and Sweet Strawberry polish

The BROW POWDER PALETTE ($12) looks exactly like an eyeshadow palette with 6 matte shades to highlight your eyes and maintain your eyebrows. I’ve read of people using this as an eyeshadow palette but I only use the highlighting shade as actual shadows and use the rest as brow colors.

Pixi Beauty Brow Palette

Pixi Beauty Brow Palette

Pixi Brow Palette brow shades only

Pixi Brow Palette brow shades only

I absolutely couldn’t get good swatch shots of this since the texture of the dark shades is harder than a typical shadow plus the top two shades blended in with my hand/arm (my picture is too yellow, sorry). But I can tell you that this is a great palette to have especially if you color treat your hair. I never quite know if I’m going to walk out with very dark brown hair (like I have right now) or a more golden brown. Therefore one shade isn’t always appropriate for my eyes. With this Brow Powder Palette I’ve got 4 to choose from so I can use them separately or together.

Pixi Brow Powder Palette

Pixi Brow Powder Palette

The top two shades are for your browbone. I never leave my browbone bare because I think my eyes look unfinished. During the day I don’t want to be sparkly there so the two mattes work perfectly just under my brows over an eyeshadow primer. The top shade is a light ivory while the next shade applies a little darker and a little more tan. Then we have the brow shades which range from an ash to taupe to dark brown to almost black. I mostly use the dark brown on my brows. What’s nice about having this range of colors is that you can customize your shade.

There are two new products to the already fabulous Pixi Eyeliner collection but these are different because they are two sided. ENDLESS SILKY EYE INTENSITY DUOS ($15) come in Brown Eye Intensity and Blue Eye Intensity.

Pixi Endless Silky Eye Intensity Duo

Pixi Endless Silky Eye Intensity Duo

Brown Eye Intensity has a deep matte cocoa brown to line with a glowing golden beige to brighten and Blue Eye Intensity has deep matte blue-grey to line with a glowing opal-beige to brighten. While they are labeled for specific eye colors I’ve worn them both and couldn’t pick a favorite.

Pixi Endless Silky Eye Intensity Duo, cocoa brown on left, blue grey on the right

Pixi Endless Silky Eye Intensity Duo, cocoa brown on left, blue grey on the right

Pixi Endless Silky Eye Intensity pencils with brown highlighter on left, blue highlighter on right

Pixi Endless Silky Eye Intensity pencils with brown highlighter on left, blue highlighter on right

Pixi Endless Silky Eye Intensity Duos

Pixi Endless Silky Eye Intensity Duos

Like all Pixi eyeliners they glide on and last well. These are waterproof so they are longer wearing yet I find they remove easily with my regular eye makeup remover.

Pixi always has a beautiful assortment of nail colours ($8) and SWEET STRAWBERRY is no exception to that. It’s one of the best summer reds I’ve worn. It doesn’t remind me of winter even though it’s red, it has a sweet pink undertone that makes it a beautiful shade for tips and toes.

Pixi Sweet Strawberry Nail Colour

Pixi Sweet Strawberry Nail Colour

Pixi Sweet Strawberry Nail Colour

Pixi Sweet Strawberry Nail Colour

These polishes wear fabulously on me and I never worry about chipping or fading. Pixi uses a built-in UV protection to prevent polish discolouration. Add Sweet Strawberry to my growing list of favorite nail polishes.

So will you have fun playing with makeup and will you pick Pixi? At these prices you really need to have a little Pixi in your life. — Marcia

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Softer eye looks with bareMinerals The Modern Icon and Classic Cream liner

bareMinerals Modern Pop Ready Eyeshadow palette

bareMinerals Modern Pop Ready Eyeshadow palette

Now that the weather is warming I’m finally in the mood for a softer palette. I loved a stronger eye in the winter but it just feels off for me in spring. I’m late to the game with bareMinerals Modern Pop Ready Eyeshadow palette in The Modern Icon but that doesn’t mean you need to be late too. When bareMinerals sent this I started to wear it but I was still into my winter darkness, now I love this softer look especially since I’m wearing softer colors in my clothing too.

bareMinerals The Modern Icon

bareMinerals The Modern Icon

bareMinerals READY palettes are among my favorites. Just like we’ve come to expect with bareMinerals and bareEscentuals the colors are minerals so they don’t have preservatives and are cruelty free. bareMinerals uses a proprietary SeaNutritive Mineral Complex that helps the skin on your eyes so you are doing more than make them look pretty – the mineral complex has skin-nourishing benefits that will help reduce the look of fine lines.

The Modern Icon has this great POPping design with dots on the compact and on the shadows. Of course they wear away on the shadows but it’s still cute to look at.

bareMinerals The Modern Icon

bareMinerals The Modern Icon

Top left is Chic which is a very soft pink cashmere shade. Next to that is Carefree, which is described as peach sherbet. The bottom row contains Sophisticate which is a light dusty amethyst and Exhale, the smoky taupe.

bareMinerals The Modern Icon swatched heavily over primer

bareMinerals The Modern Icon swatched heavily over primer

None of the shades are dark in this palette so it’s great for both young and old. It is appropriate for a teen that you don’t want to see covered in dark shadows and it’s soft enough to not emphasize the texture on eyes of someone older.

Wearing bareMinerals The Modern Icon

Wearing bareMinerals The Modern Icon

This is available at Ulta, bareminerals.com, and beauty.com for $30. And while you are shopping you need to check out the bareMinerals Lasting Line Long-wearing Eyeliner in Classic Cream for $16. Hopefully this isn’t limited edition like the palette because this is a winner for all year round.

bareMinerals Lasting Long Wearing Eyeliner in Classic Cream

bareMinerals Lasting Long Wearing Eyeliner in Classic Cream

While people talk about using liner on their waterline, I find that it closes my eyes up too much. The bareMinerals Lasting Long Wearing Eyeliner in Classic Cream is the perfect solution to this because it actually opens up the look of my eyes. While it’s easy to wear this as a regular eyeliner, especially under your eyes, I prefer it on my bottom waterline. It doesn’t last all day but it does last for most of the day which I find amazing.

bareMinerals Lasting Long Wearing Eyeliner in Classic Cream

bareMinerals Lasting Long Wearing Eyeliner in Classic Cream

One side is the twist up liner while the opposite end has a built in sharpener and smudger.

Everything I’ve been reviewing lately from bareMinerals has made me so happy. Lash Domination mascara is terrific, Kiss Me lipstick just made my Top Ten Summer Lip favorites list and now The Modern Icon and Classic Cream eyeliner are added to the list. Which bareMinerals products are favorites of yours and should be added to my try me list? — Marcia

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Sweet bright fun with Hard Candy and a giveaway too

Hard Candy Nail Lacquer

Hard Candy Nail Lacquer

Hard Candy believes in fun cosmetics and now that it’s spring they’ve brought out a slew of beautiful spring shades to brighten your way. We were lucky to receive a variety of  jaw popping products to try and we’ve even got a few items in today’s giveaway. So many of our giveaways are for “anti-aging” but this one for is colorful, sparkly fun!

Hard Candy Nail Lacquers are just $4.00 and they run the gamut from classics to metallics and beyond to amazing glitter polishes. Graffiti polishes come in many different shades including the 3 shown here.

Hard Candy Fairy Ball

Hard Candy Fairy Ball

Hard Candy Pink Taffy

Hard Candy Pink Taffy

Hard Candy Mermaid Magic

Hard Candy Mermaid Magic

Each of these has magical sparkles and are loaded with glitter. Fairy Ball is a champagne that leans to the pink side with white and clear glitter within. Pink Taffy has a dark pink base with black and white glitter that are small to medium sized. Mermaid Magic is a brilliant teal with medium size glitter in purple and pink. Whoever wears them catches the eye of the beholder.

Hard Candy Teeny Greeny

Hard Candy Teeny Greeny

Teeny Greeny is a cross between a metallic and a glitter. The glitter is what Hard Candy calls Itzy Glitzy Micro Glitter Nail Polish. Sparkly yet not as obvious glitter.

Hard Candy Crush On Metal

Hard Candy Crush On Metal

Hard Candy has a line called Crushed Chromes and Crush on Metal is one of the newest ones. There are other shades on walmart.com of these too. Crush on Metal looks like molten silver when applied evenly on nails. You have to be careful not to get brush marks but the eensy weensy microglitter keeps it looking a little more even.

Hard Candy Walk the Line Liquid Eyeliners

Hard Candy Walk the Line Liquid Eyeliners

For more sweet fun with Hard Candy there are liquid eyeliners. At $6.00 each you can play to your eye’s content. At Walmart.com there are 13 shades but in Walmart stores there are more to be found. You can get basic black, you can be a glitter queen or you can just have some bright fun with their new neons.

Hard Candy Walk the Line liquid eyeliner

Hard Candy Walk the Line liquid eyeliner

Hard Candy Walk the Line liquid eyeliner Black Light, Glitzy, Twist of Lime

Hard Candy Walk the Line liquid eyeliner Black Light, Glitzy, Twist of Lime

Walk the Line eyeliner in Black Light is one of the new Neon Colors. It didn’t go on as smoothly as I’m used to so I had to go over it more than once. It’s a bright purple and I do wonder if it would look different under a black light. Glitzy is, well, glitzy! It’s a bright teal green with glitter. Not for us oldies but it’s certainly fun. Twist of Lime went on the smoothest of all and in spite of the lime brightness, looked the best.

Hard Candy Walk the Line liquid eyeliner Black Light, Glitzy, Twist of Lime

Hard Candy Walk the Line liquid eyeliner Black Light, Glitzy, Twist of Lime

Hard Candy Shadowholic 12 Hour Waterproof Eye Crayon ($5) comes in a variety of shades like After Hours (plum), Camel Back (camel/taupe), Golden Rule (golden bronze), Cloud Nine (royal blue), Cat S Eye (emerald), and Mirror Mirror (white sparkle). To be honest, I didn’t test out the one I got because of the glitter in it. But I would love to try out Golden Rule or Camel Back. Instead Mirror Mirror is part of this giveaway.

Hard Candy Shadowholic 12 Hr. Waterproof Eye Crayon in Mirror Mirror and All Glossed Up in Perky

Hard Candy Shadowholic 12 Hr. Waterproof Eye Crayon in Mirror Mirror and All Glossed Up in Perky

Hard Candy Shadowholic 12 Hr. Waterproof Eye Crayon in Mirror Mirror

Hard Candy Shadowholic 12 Hr. Waterproof Eye Crayon in Mirror Mirror

Now for the GIVEAWAY!! We are giving away Nail Lacquers in Teeny Greeny and Mermaid Magic, a new in the box Walk the Line Liquid Eyeliner in Glitzy, and the Hard Candy Shadowholic 12 Hr. Waterproof Eye Crayon in Mirror Mirror. 4 fun items for the young or young at heart. Our Hard Candy Giveaway is open for US and Canada through April 6th at 11:59 p.m. If comments close (which happens toward the end of our giveaways for some reason) then email me your comment to beautyinfozone@gmail.com. You can then click “I commented” so you can continue with other options.

Hard Candy Giveaway prize

Hard Candy Giveaway prize

Whenever you are in the mood to cheer yourself up, head to Walmart and the Hard Candy display. You’d be amazed at the great items you can find. What’s your favorite Hard Candy product? — Marcia

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