Bring your brows to life with Full Brow

Full Brow

Full Brow

Beauty Info Zone has been publishing for just under 7 years but the first few years of this blog I was missing something major – eyebrow makeup. I never gave a thought to my eyebrows and any photos of me were with bare brows. My brows were full enough and I just never thought about doing anything other than tweezing.

Well that’s all changed now. After several illnesses my hair changed and that included my eyebrows and eyelashes. The eyebrows that I didn’t need to use makeup on now look bare without. You might be shaking your head right now and saying “no, that’s not me” “no, that won’t happen to me” but yes it can and yes it will. Life happens so that means you need to be prepared. Just look at your mom’s brows to see how they’ve changed over the years.

That’s where FULL BROW comes in. This Australian company sent me products to test and I’m officially thanking them right now. Oh and my brows thank them too.

Full Brow

Full Brow

The products I’m using from Full Brow are Brow Powder (in Dark), Brow Wax, and their Brow Brush. I also have a travel size of the Highlighter which I’ve used a few times.

Full Brow Brow Powder in Dark

Full Brow Brow Powder in Dark

This is my hero product from Full Brow. When I first opened the package and saw the shade that was named Dark I thought it was a misnomer. It looked gray to me not like a dark brow shade.

Full Brow Dark Brow Powder

Full Brow Dark Brow Powder

Dark brow swatch

Dark brow swatch

Better light proved that it was actually a dark enough shade for a brunette. My worry though is the front of my brows which have permanently lost hair. I’m slowly growing some back using Wink Lash and Brow Enhancing Oil but I’m eager to have real looking brows. Those fears are allayed with this powder. I’m really loving how naturally this fills in my eyebrows. Using the excellent Brow Brush I start by outlining the top of my brows, then I go back and fill in the hairs smoothing them out to look natural yet full.

Full Brow brush

Full Brow brush

On to the Brow Wax, a totally clear wax that isn’t heavy at all. I’ve tried other waxes that I could feel on my eyes but this one is lightweight enough to hold everything in place yet doesn’t feel sticky. Its purpose is to keep your brows in place so that you can forget about them. It contains antioxidants and oils so it’s nourishing your brows while doing its job.

Full Brow Brow Wax

Full Brow Brow Wax

I have to give an extra rave for their brow brush. It’s not the only one in my collection but it’s one of the best I’ve used. The bristle end is just stiff enough to apply and blend the powder and wax without being harsh. (I still have my original brow brush from Smashbox that actually hurts when I try to use it.) The spoolie end of the Full Brows brush is nicely shaped and helps me keep my brows shapely.

Full Brow brow brush

Full Brow brow brush

Full Brow brow brush

Full Brow brow brush

While I just have a mini size of the brow highlighter I’ve gotten to like it. It’s a very light golden shade that isn’t sparkly yet nicely illuminates the area just under the arch of my brow or just above it.

Full Brow Highlighter

Full Brow Highlighter

Full Brow Highlighter

Full Brow Highlighter

The Brow Powder is available in 4 shades (blonde, taupe, natural brown, and dark) at Free People and 7 shades at their Australian website. For those of us in the US or Canada, shipping is more reasonably priced through Free People.

Full Brow is making my look a whole lot better and I’m delighted to look in the mirror and not look incomplete. This is worth a try by all, especially us brow challenged women.  —  Marcia

*sent for consideration

Happy times with Pixi Beauty in January

Each month Pixi Beauty picks out a variety of cosmetics as their favorites. January’s picks are absolutely amazing. I was thrilled when I received this box of treasures and have been using them non-stop.

Pixi Beauty picks for January

Pixi Beauty picks for January

The products you see are: Correction Concentrate, Gilded Garnet Nail Polish, Natural Brow Duo, Large Lash Mascara, Lash & Brow Brush and Flat Liner Brush. Each one makes me love Pixi even more than I already did.

Pixi Beauty Correction Concentrate

Pixi Beauty Correction Concentrate

My absolute favorite of these products is Correction Concentrate ($12). This pot of wonder makes such a huge difference under my eyes. In real life I always felt my concealers worked well but in photographs I’d see nothing but darkness under my eyes. I don’t have great photography skills and have to take a dozen or more pictures to get one that’s slightly passable. Once I started using this soft peach I noticed that my undereyes looked brighter. The pot is small but potent. Once I can’t get my finger in I’ll use a brush since I want to use every drop of this wonderful product.

Pixi Beauty Correction Concentrate

Pixi Beauty Correction Concentrate

Pixi Beauty Correction Concentrate

Pixi Beauty Correction Concentrate

Pixi Beauty Correction Concentrate

Pixi Beauty Correction Concentrate

Speaking of brushes, the Flat Liner Brush ($12) has more than one job. Yes you can use it as a push brush for eyelining but you can also use this for the Correction Concentrate. Use it to dab the corrector under your eyes to hide all the sins.

Pixi Lash & Brow Brush and Flat Liner Brush

Pixi Lash & Brow Brush and Flat Liner Brush

Pixi Beauty Large Lash Mascara ($16) is one of two mascaras that Petra has created. This one has an oversized brush to pick up all your lashes. Not only is this a lengthening mascara but it adds great volume yet isn’t clumpy at all. It has all the attributes you want in a mascara – no clumping, no flaking, no raccoon eyes – all you get are beautifully defined lashes.

Pixi Beauty Large Lash Mascara

Pixi Beauty Large Lash Mascara

Pixi Beauty Large Lash Mascara

Pixi Beauty Large Lash Mascara

Pixi is also featuring their Lash & Brow Brush ($8). I love having a brush like this because it does double duty. I like using it to brush my lashes before I apply mascara. That insures an even look and makes sure my lashes aren’t sticking together. The bristles on the brush are well spaced out making it a more effective brush. My other use for this brush is for my eyebrows. It tames them and also helps distribute color through my brows more evenly.

Lash & Brow Brush and Flat Liner Brush

Lash & Brow Brush and Flat Liner Brush

Pixi’s Natural Brow Duo is getting its own post later today, that’s how much I have to say about it. What you need to know now though is that this has two sides – a waterproof brow pencil and a tinted soft-hold brow gel. With my new brow obsession, this is a fab product for me to be using.

Pixi Brow Duo in Natural Brown

Pixi Brow Duo in Natural Brown

I love when Pixi sends nail polish and the one they sent this month proves why. Gilded Garnet ($8) is one of their newest polishes and it’s a winner. It’s described as a deep burnished maroon with gold shimmer. I see it as more of a brown in most lights, a cinnamon brown, with some subtle gold shimmer in bright lights.

Pixi Beauty Gilded Garnet Nail Colour

Pixi Beauty Gilded Garnet Nail Colour

Pixi Beauty Gilded Garnet Nail Colour

Pixi Beauty Gilded Garnet Nail Colour

Pixi Beauty Gilded Garnet Nail Colour

Pixi Beauty Gilded Garnet Nail Colour

Every one of these 6 pieces are ones you want in your makeup collection. I’m loving Gilded Garnet Nail color as it’s a great fall and winter shade; I am mad about the Correction Concentrate and want to own one of these forever; and the Natural Brow Duo is getting a lot of admiration around here.

Check back for my Natural Brow Duo review and get yourself to Pixi Beauty and purchase these essential products! — Marcia

*sent for an honest review

Tarte Cosmetics Fall 2014 collection review and swatches part two

Yesterday, I reviewed the primers and concealers from the exciting new tarte cosmetics Fall 2014 collection.

tarte fall 2014 collage

Today I have the rest of the items tarte sent us.  I love that the packaging features snake skin, because these products are as adaptable as a snake shedding its skin.tarte fall 2014 best in fauxbest in faux lash extending fibers ($19) is very interesting.  The fibers are black, not white, so it almost seems like putting on two different types of mascara.  Start with the tube of lights, camera, lashes mascara to prep lashes for grabbing onto the fibers, follow with the best in faux fiber wand, then finish with another coat of mascara.

tarte Fall 2014 Best in Faux

tarte Fall 2014 Best in Faux

prep, extend, and finish with tarte Best in Faux

prep, extend, and set with tarte Best in Faux

Typically I have big problems with fiber lash enhancers – the fibers bother my eyes and make them very uncomfortable.  But this system works fantastically for me – big huge lashes that wear perfect through the day with no fallout!

Lots of drama with tarte best in faux

Lots of drama with tarte best in faux

I am totally digging the limited-edition Amazonian clay dual eyeliner ($24).  Holy smokes this is good stuff.

tarte Fall 2014 Duo Eyeliner

tarte Fall 2014 dual eyeliner

tarte Fall 2014 Duo Eyeliner in Brown/Black

tarte Fall 2014 dual eyeliner in brown/black

tarte Fall 2014 Duo Eyeliner Brown/Black swatches

tarte Fall 2014 dual eyeliner brown/black swatches

The dual eyeliner comes in a large glass jar with two shades of gel eyeliner.  I have the brown/black duo.  The brown is not a flat brown, it’s more of a shimmery bronze.  This is a super creamy, easy to apply gel liner that has a little play time before drying down to a smudge-free line that just doesn’t budge.  I love using the black on the top lash line and the brown on the bottom lash line.  This dual liner also comes in a green/black duo and a plum/black duo, and I am most definitely buying both of them.

The colored clay tinted brow gel ($21) was a surprise to me.  I am so used to larger, mascara-sized brushes for brow gels that this tiny little brush took me aback at first.

tarte Fall 2014 Colored Clay Tinted Brow Gel

tarte Fall 2014 colored clay tinted brow gel

tarte Fall 2014 Colored Clay Tinted Brow Gel in Medium Brown

tarte Fall 2014 colored clay tinted brow gel in medium brown

The tiny little brush packs a big punch.  I absolutely adore what it does for my brows…they look polished and perfect with just one swipe.  This is a seriously great brow gel that fills in brows and keeps them in place all day.  And the tiny brush is a stroke of genius – the larger ones always leave extra gel that I have to wipe off, so my on-the-thin-side brows love this.

I can’t have a complete eye look without curling my lashes – mine are stick straight without the help.  The be charmed limited edition picture perfect eyelash curler ($19) is a great option that isn’t too small for larger eyes.  Plus, this one includes a removable snake charm and a deluxe size lights, camera, flashes mascara.

tarte Fall 2014 Be Charmed Eyelash Curler

tarte Fall 2014 Be Charmed Eyelash Curler

tarte be charmed eyelash curler with deluxe size lights, camera, flashes mascara

tarte be charmed eyelash curler with deluxe size lights, camera, flashes mascara

tarte be charmed eyelash curler

tarte be charmed eyelash curler

close up of the removable charm

close up of the removable charm

be charmed eyelash curler up close

be charmed eyelash curler up close

Lots of eyelash curlers are too small for my eyes, but the be charmed eyelash curler works with room to spare.  It gives major curl that doesn’t droop by the end of the day.  Take the cool snake charm off and put it on your purse or keychain – snakes are a symbol of spiritual guidance and personal growth, so it’s a perfect reminder that you are on the right path!

wearing best in faux, eyeliner duo, and brow gel

wearing best in faux, dual eyeliner, and colored clay tinted brow gel

lashes curled with be charmed curler, black liner on upper lid, brown liner on lower lid, brow gel and best in faux

lashes curled with be charmed curler, black liner on upper lid, brown liner on lower lid, colored clay tinted brow gel and best in faux

That’s a lot of items for eyes…for lips, the tarte Fall 2014 collection features a new LipSurgence lip gloss ($19) shade, Envy.

tarte lipsurgence in envy

tarte LipSurgence in envy – check out the gold snake-skin cap!

tarte lipsurgence in envy

tarte LipSurgence in envy

tarte lipsurgence in envy swatched

tarte LipSurgence in envy swatched

wearing tarte lipsurgence in envy

wearing tarte LipSurgence in envy

envy is a matte yet shiny mauve berry shade.  It’s a natural shade that gives lips a little ‘oomph’ of color plus a lot of glossy shine.  It keeps my lips looking and feeling moist and lush.  Love it.

Overall, the tarte cosmetics Fall 2014 collection is pretty darn fabulous.  The biggest surprises for me were the dual eyeliner and the colored clay brow gel.  I think my favorite items are the best in faux lash fibers and the be charmed eyelash curler…although there isn’t a clunker in the bunch.  tarte has definitely outdone themselves with this collection.  Thumbs up!  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

tarte cosmetics 'eye of the day' with the Fall 2014 collection

tarte cosmetics ‘eye of the day’ with the Fall 2014 collection

My eyes love Tweezerman! ProCurl Lash Curler Review

What do you think when you are reading magazines and seeing the latest mascara ads? I doubt you believe that anyone’s lashes can be that intense, that glamorous or that lush. Not even a close up of my lashes or photoshop could make my lashes look like that but if I have the right tools then I can at least create the best lashes possible for me personally. Two of those right tools are by Tweezerman. I’ve used Tweezerman’s ilashcomb for years and years; way before writing about beauty was even a twinkle in my mind; way before I even had a computer actually. What’s new for me is Tweezerman’s ProCurl Lash Curler and that is changing my lashes as much as my ilashcomb does.

Tweezerman ProCurl Curler

Tweezerman ilashcomb

Tweezerman has long made eyelash curlers that sell for about $12 but now they’ve created the gold standard in the ProCurl Curler for $20. This lovely rose gold lash curler is their newest addition to the line and it’s a winner.

Tweezerman ProCurl Curler

Tweezerman ProCurl Lash Curler

What makes this eyelash curler different from their previous one or even others on the market? The top is narrower and wider therefore it is much more apt to fit all eye shapes. The handle has a double design that makes it fit more comfortably in my hand. It’s also a sturdier lash curler than their old one. I get great leverage with this. I find that I don’t have to position and reposition to get it to curl my lashes, something I absolutely hate. I get it right the first time.

It never pinches, never! The rounded silicone pads fit the eyelash curler exactly so you never have metal touching your lashes. Plus unlike any other eyelash curler on the market it comes with refill pads. THREE refill pads. That’s unheard of. You might find a lash curler that comes with one extra but good luck ever buying a replacement pad. With Tweezerman you get three extras because they know how long lasting this lash curler is.

But what really counts even more than all of these other items is how well it curls my lashes. I get a beautiful bend to my lash that looks natural yet lasts. I don’t get a crimp in my lashes, I get a bend that starts at the base and makes my lashes look lusher. I have stick straight eyelashes. If I just put mascara on they look ridiculous and don’t add anything to my eyeshadow efforts. I feel dumpy. But curling my lashes, even if I don’t have any eye makeup on, makes a huge difference. It opens up my eyes instantly.

I know you aren’t supposed to recurl your lashes after you have mascara on so pretend I didn’t write this but I often do that in the evening. I want to refresh my makeup without adding on more layers of mascara that might get clumpy so I’ll curl my lashes again, take out my Tweezerman ilashcomb and I’m ready to go.

These two tools are so important in my arsenal that I’m not giving them up no matter what. There’s so much to love about Tweezerman and these two are right there at the top of the list. — Marcia

*Beauty Info Zone is proud to be part of the Tweezerman Ambassador program. Items were received from PR but love is genuinely ours.

Shadow Shields, a great cosmetic tool

When you are as enthralled by eyeshadow as I am, sometimes you need some tricks of the trade. One of those tricks is called Shadow Shields. I’ve owned and used Shadow Shields for a few years and I’m happy to have discovered that they’ve been improved. My original box is long gone so I was happy to get a few samples from the company to try out.

Shadow Shields come in particularly handy when you are working with glittery eyeshadows or dark smoky ones. They protect the rest of your face from the fall out that those shadows can produce. Lately I’ve used these with the Urban Decay Naked eyeshadows, especially with the shade Sideshow. As much as I love that eyeshadow it tends to drop glitter on my face which isn’t age or daytime appropriate for me. Using a Shadow Shield protects the area under my eye where I’m most likely to get this fallout.

Left is the back; right is the front

Using these is simple as ABC:

A. Remove either one, two or three parts of the sticky tape on the smooth side

B. Position it under your eye.

C. Apply your eye makeup.

D. Remove!

You can get by with just one Shadow Shield if you do one side at a time. If you move back and forth between the two sides you’ll want one under each eye. A package is $9.99 for 30 shields and can be found at beauty.com and dermstore.com along with a long list of other beauty supply stores.

When Shadow Shields first came out the entire shield was sticky without any separation. I found those a little uncomfortable to use and I’d usually just take off the protective coating on part of it. Now though they’ve changed that as you can see by the pictures. It makes it much more comfortable because it doesn’t pull on your eyes at all.

Shadow Shields was created by a makeup artist, Michelle Villenueva, who as a mom with young children didn’t have the time to deal with any mess. She wanted something that she could use as an artist yet we could use when we put on our own makeup to eliminate problems. Her step by step directions show you what a breeze this is to use.



Helpful Tips

  • Remove only top corners to apply. If more adhesion is needed, remove entire top strip.
  • Application of shield doesn’t have to be directly on lash line- it can be applied under the bulge of the eye or wherever most comfortable.
  • When applying shield, allow backing to crease-it will form a small lip, helping to catch the fallout!

Shadow Shields are extremely handy to have. I don’t use them daily but when I need them there’s nothing quite like them. — Marcia

Photos: top photo is from Shadow Shields website, remainder are personal