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

 

Side by Side and a GIVEAWAY with NR Skin

The only thing we love more than great skin care is a GIVEAWAY for great skin care and we have it all for you today!  NR Skin is a terrific line with medical grade skin care products. Not only did they send us three products to test, including the Citrus Stem Cell Fusion Cream, Super Antioxidant Cream, and Lash Teez Eyelash Growth Serum…they are also hosting a giveaway for 3 lucky BIZ readers!

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NR Skin promises to ‘deliver visible results with purity’. Their products are formulated to:

  • diminish fine lines, wrinkles and pore size
  • brighten skin tone and texture
  • fade hyperpigmentation (brown spots)
  • reduce the appearance of acne

Their products have excellent ingredients including:

  • antioxidants
  • peptides
  • botanical stem cells
  • sea vegetables
  • essential oils
  • plant lipids
  • vitamins
  • minerals

NR Skin products are also notable for things they DON’T have!

  • NO parabens
  • NO propylene glycol
  • NO sodium lauryl sulfates
  • NO pesticides
  • NO phthalates
  • NO artificial dyes
  • NO synthetic fragrances

Plus, they don’t believe in animal testing of any kind. This is a line we can get behind.

Lisa went for the skin creams and Marcia went for the eyelash serum in this round of testing.  Read on for our opinions and your chance to win these products for yourself!

LISA’S SIDE:
NR Skin Citrus Fusion Cream and Super Antioxidant Cream

Citrus Stem Cell Fusion Cream ($89) is an anti-aging cream that uses botanical stem cells to fight wrinkles. The citrus part is from orange stem cells, which are combined with hyaluronic acid for less wrinkles and more elasticity. This is a beautiful, light cream that has a very faint scent of citrus. It sinks in quickly and leaves my skin feeling and looking great.

NR Skin Citrus Stem Cell Fusion Cream

NR Skin Citrus Stem Cell Fusion Cream

This medical grade treatment cream is best for those with normal to oily skin. If your skin runs more on the dry side, then you will really like the Super Antioxidant Cream ($89). This is a very rich medical grade cream that has all sorts of awesome ingredients including vitamin E, DMAE, alpha lipoic acid, copper peptides, plus avocado and soybean oil. They work together to improve skin’s brightness, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and improve skin’s texture. It also provides lots of hydration for dry, thirsty skin. The fragrance is stronger in the Super Antioxidant Cream, more of a floral than a citrus, but it dissipates fairly quickly.

NR Skin Super Antioxidant Cream

NR Skin Super Antioxidant Cream

MARCIA’S SIDE:  Lash Teez Eyelash Growth Serum
Eyelash Growth Serums are tricky to review since they are most likely going to work differently for each of us. Lash Teez Eyelash Growth Serum ($59) is the one that has come to my rescue and that I’m using religiously.
You’ve probably read my sad story (at least it’s sad to me) that when I fell this past summer my life went awry. My body did a lot of weird things like plunge me into a true depression that I attribute to some of the drugs I was taking. Because of the stress I was going through along with not being home for almost 3 months I started losing hair everywhere (except my upper lip!!). My hair thinned, my eyebrows practically disappeared and my already scrawny lashes became almost invisible. I’ve been working on regaining my hair (and losing it on my upper lip) and I’m gradually getting there.

NR Skincare Lash Teez™ Eyelash Growth Serum

NR Skincare Lash Teez™ Eyelash Growth Serum

NR Skin Lash Teez Eyelash Growth Serum came into my life in early February. I started using it within a week but I didn’t follow directions exactly. For this to help the best you really should use this twice a day. I only used it at night though but I used it every single night for the last two months and will continue to do so.
The first thing I noticed is that there was no stinging and no burning. I later noticed that I didn’t have any problems with the skin on or near my eyes. Before Humpty Dumpty’s fall I had tried two different eyelash growth serums to no avail. One burned my eyes so badly that I didn’t last with that more than a few painful nights, the other didn’t burn but after about two weeks I had bumps along my upper eyelid that didn’t go away until I discontinued use.
This long story is to tell you why I recommend NR Skin Lash Teez Eyelash Growth Serum.
My lashes have grown though the growth has been slowed down by how far my lashes needed to come and because I only used it once a day. But I finally have eyelashes that look okay and that make me excited to wear mascara and eyeshadow again.

Eyelashes after NR Skin Lash Teez Eyelash Growth Serum

Eyelashes after NR Skin Lash Teez Eyelash Growth Serum

This before picture was taken on January 15th.

Eyelashes after NR Skin Lash Teez Eyelash Growth Serum

Eyelashes after NR Skin Lash Teez Eyelash Growth Serum

The after picture was taken on March 29th. Same eye. The difference shows how much Lash Teez Eyelash Growth Serum has improved my lashes.

 This is what I’ve learned from NR Skin. Their goal with the Lash Teez Eyelash Growth Serum is to Stimulate, Treat, Accelerate and Rejuvenate. This is formulated with a clinically proven peptide, Myristoyl Pentapeptide 17, which is known to increase eyelash growth. “This conditioning formula does not contain Prostaglandin, so you will not experience darkening of the eyelid or change of eye color.”
Benefits

  • Clinically shown to increase eyelash growth and density by 25% in as little as two weeks
  • Contains bioavailable lipo-oligopeptides shown to stimulate keratin genes and eyelash follicle hair growth
  • Revolutionary technology available without a prescription and with no side affects
  • Can also be used to increase eyebrow hair density

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Who wouldn’t want to win one of these great products? NR Skin wants you to choose the one you’d be most anxious to win. Our US only giveaway ends on April 28, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. EST. If comments close at the end of the giveaway then email us at [email protected] and label it NR SKIN GIVEAWAY, comment in that email. Then you are ready to click “I commented” and continue with other options. We’re excited to share this during our anniversary week and thank NR Skin for allowing this post and the prizes to happen.

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Holiday gift guide for the Glam Girl!

Beauty Info Zones Glam Holiday Gift GuideShe loves pretty packaging, big lashes, the latest trends, and large price tags.  So what to buy her for the holidays??  Go big or go home with these glamorous gift options, all BIZ tested and approved!

Onsen Tenseless Cream

1.  Onsen Tenseless Cream ($400):  When only the best will do, go for this amazing moisturizing cream.  It’s perfect for nighttime, giving 8 full hours of relaxation to facial muscles – which means that beauty sleep really results in beauty!  I am happy with my skin every morning when I use this awesome night moisturizing cream.  Available at www.onsensecret.com

Chella Lash FullFillment Kit

2.  Chella Full-Fillment Lashes Kit ($95)  The perfect kit for building beautiful eyes.  It has everything needed for luscious lashes:  a 6 mL tube of Chella Lash Full-Fillment Eyelash Treatment, Chella Anti-Fatigue Eye Mask Kit, and a sample of Chella Eye Cream packaged neatly in a  custom tri-fold Chella Eyebrow Organizer. The Organizer has 8 individual pockets, plenty of room for the Chella items plus more.

Esqido Little Black Lash and Voila Lash

3.  Esqido Mink Lashes ($34-$42):  These gorgeous mink lashes not only look amazing, they also last through up to 25 uses!  For subtle glam, go with Little Black Lashes.  For lots of oomph, go with Voila Lash.  I have zero talent when it comes to applying falsies, but these are so easy to use I reach for them whenever I want instant lash gratification.  Available on www.esqido.com

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4.  Nudestix:  Innovative packaging and on-trend colors make this line a winner for any glam-loving girl.  The effortless nude shades perfectly compliment those dramatic lashes with the Concealer Pencil ($24), Mascara ($24), and Magnetic Eye Color in Twilight ($24).  Available at www.urbanoutfitters.com and in Urban Outfitters stores

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5.  Guess Seductive ($22):  Besides the wonderful packaging with the heart charm, this sweetly seductive scent features bergamot, pear, jasmine, african orange flower and vanilla.  It’s a creamy, fruity/floral scent that works for everyone from teens to cougars.  Your giftee can raise some temperatures (and who knows what else?) with this sexy scent.

Rituals Happy Mist and Good Luck Scrub

6.   Good Luck Scrub ($29) and Rituals Happy Mist ($25):  The perfect duo for any glam girl’s great night’s sleep!  Rituals Good Luck Scrub is certainly lucky, with a winning combination of organic sugar, safflower, avocado, sweet almond, macadamia, jojoba, and sunflower seed oils.  The scent is gorgeous – sweet orange and cedar.  It leaves skin super soft and smooth, ready to climb into soft linens gently scented with Rituals Happy Mist.  Oh, this bed and body mist will make even the most discriminating gal extremely happy.  Orange and yuzu beautifully refresh linens, and because it’s cosmetic grade it can be used as a body mist as well.  It’s a great way to get happy between the sheets!

Black Friday is approaching, and the holidays will be here before you know it.  Get your shopping done early with these pretty, sexy, and trendy options for the glam-loving girl on your list.  Shopping for someone who loves practical beauty options?  Check out my Ten holiday gift ideas for the practical fashionista right HERE!  – Lisa

*items reviewed sent for editorial consideration