Brow and lash love for 2015

Make-up, applying mascara

As I was doing my makeup for New Year’s Eve I realized that the biggest change in my cosmetic life for 2015 was that I absolutely can not go without doing my brows anymore. A combination of age and illness created eyebrows that just didn’t cut it anymore. I went for most of my life not touching my eyebrows with much more than a tweezers. They had a great natural shape and were filled in nicely. That’s not the case any more. That’s why I decided to share the 2015 eyebrow and eyelash products that have made a difference for me.

PIXI BROW POWDER PALETTE  –  Shades of Brows

Pixi Beauty Brow Palette

Pixi Beauty Brow Palette

This is my most used brow product for everyday. My hair isn’t necessarily the same shade from color to color so I appreciate having a choice of shades that I can use straight or mix. Right now I’m dipping twice into the darkest shade and once in the one lighter since my hair is very dark at the moment. I’ll get it colored soon and can reevaluate how I want to use the colors. One of the best buys at $12 I’ve found. *

PIXI ENDLESS BROW GEL PEN

Pixi Endless Brow Gel Pen in Medium

Pixi Endless Brow Gel Pen in Medium

The Endless Brow Gel Pen is another best for me from Pixi. This is not a universally loved product but I like it so much that I bought 3 the last time I ordered from Pixi. It’s not really a pen, it’s a pencil that is gel-like in texture. It’s a heavier look than the brow palette because the gel is thicker. I like wearing this when my brows really need attention.

SENNA COSMETICS BROW SHAPER

Senna Brow Duo in Brunette

Senna Brow Duo in Brunette

I love Senna Cosmetics but I hadn’t tried their eyebrow products before because I just didn’t care about my eyebrows. Now that I have this Brow Shaper with the plumping brow shade and pomade I really appreciate why Eugenia Weston, owner and cosmetic guru, is so well known for eyebrows. These powders really cling to my eyebrow hair and fill in naturally where I’ve lost some hair. Another reason to love Senna. *

IT COSMETICS HEAVENLY LUXE BUILD A BROW BRUSH

It Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Build A Brow and It Cosmetics Tightlining 10-in-1 Dual Ended brush

It Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Build A Brow and It Cosmetics Tightlining 10-in-1 Dual Ended brush

It Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Eyebrow brush

It Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Eyebrow brush

OMG, this is the best brush ever for eyebrows. It was created for IT’s Build a Brow Creme Gel Stain and it’s great with that but it also shines with every gel or cream brow product I’ve tried. The bristles are staggered so they really get into your brows to deposit color. This is totally unique and totally worth every penny of the $24 price.

BENEFIT ROLLER LASH MASCARA

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

Officially named Roller Lash Super Curling and Lifting Mascara, this is one of my favorites of the year. I find Benefit Cosmetics to be hit or miss but after reading the raves for this I caved and I’m glad I did. The curved wand really does help curl your lashes although I always use an eyelash curler. The combo of the eyelash curler and Roller Lash gives me eyelashes that stay curled for a good 12 hours. This was good for me for a solid three months staying easy to wear and easy to remove.

CATRICE LASH MULTIMIZER VOLUME MASCARA

Catrice Ultimate Lash Multimizer Volume Mascara

Catrice Ultimate Lash Multimizer Volume Mascara

Catrice Ultimate Lash Multimizer Volume Mascara wand

Catrice Ultimate Lash Multimizer Volume Mascara wand

At $7.99 this is 1/3 the price of the Benefit mascara and almost as good. The Multimizer is a volume and definition mascara. While it doesn’t help add curl, it holds it well. The older this gets, the better it gets. Which means a new one is in my future.

BARE MINERALS LASH DOMINATION VOLUMIZING MASCARA

Bare Minerals Lash Domination

Bare Minerals Lash Domination

BareMinerals Lash Domination

BareMinerals Lash Domination

2016 was the year I realized I loved volume mascaras. Before that I always thought I was looking for length and definition but the mascaras I like best this year turned out to be volumizing. Who knew? Besides charming me with the polka dot packaging, Lash Domination * charmed me with the twisty turny brush and lashes that looked great. They call this a 10-in-1 mascara since it Volumizes, Lengthens, Thickens, Separates, Lifts, has All-day wear, is Mineral fortified, Resists clumps, Fights Flakes, and is Smudge-resistant. After reviewing * this, I bought another.

SURRATT BEAUTY RELEVEE LASH CURLER

Surratt Beauty Relevee Lash Curler

Surratt Beauty Relevee Lash Curler

Surratt Beauty Relevee Lash Curler opened

Surratt Beauty Relevee Lash Curler opened

I didn’t need another eyelash curler but I wanted this Surratt Beauty one after reading all the raves. Everyone has different shaped eyes and the lash curlers that a lot of people rave about (Shu, ELF etc) pinch me. This Surratt Relevee has been a delight to use. It opens widely, does a great job fitting my eyes and creates a curl that really lasts. If I want to use the method of inching up my lashes I have to use a magnifying mirror so I can see my lashes better.

As usual with a list like this, I’m sure I left out other wonderful products that I discovered in 2015. Even if I did though I know I’m recommending the ones that really have stood out to me. Have you tried any of these? What would you say stood out the most for you this past year?  — Marcia

*items were PR samples, rest were self purchased  **affiliate links used

 

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

Holiday Gift Guide: Tarte sets for eyes

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:

tarte Rare Gems Eyelash Curler

tarte Rare Gems Eyelash Curler

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.

tarte Rare Gems Eyelash Curler with extra curler and mascara

tarte Rare Gems Eyelash Curler with extra curler and mascara

open wide!

open wide!

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).

tarte Stop and Stare

tarte Stop and Stare

inside the Stop and Stare set

inside the Stop and Stare set

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:

swatches

Left to right:  onyx, azurite green, purple garnet

swatches

top shade:  taupe, bottom shade:  rose gold

Another great option for eyes is the Best for Lash set, which has my vote for ‘most clever name’.

Best for Lash

saving the Best for Lash

inside Best for Lash

inside the Best for Lash

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.

*pr samples

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.