Refresh your beauty products with Vincent Longo

It’s six months into 2014 – time to clean out your cosmetics stash! Get rid of all your old, expired items and then stock back up with new exciting shades. Where to go? How about Vincent Longo. Now is the perfect time since we have a promotional code for Beauty Info Zone readers. Use BSBZ6WO for 15% off through Labor Day!

Get great new summer colors from Vincent Longo

Get great new summer colors from Vincent Longo

BeautyStat sent us some awesome Vincent Longo products to try and I can’t wait to tell you about them. I think it’s really exciting that VL has several gluten-free products available. Plus, there are great shades that are wearable yet still unique enough to expand your stash.

Vincent Longo Danae Lipstick

Vincent Longo Silk Velour Lipstick in Danae

The Silk Velour Lipstick ($23) is a long-wearing yet moisturizing lipstick. It has tons of pigment with tone-on-tone pearl, which reflects light and makes lips look lush. It has Vitamins A, C and E for optimal lip health. Pictured above is the shade Danae, a beautiful rose brown. It leans more rose than brown, bringing lips to life while also staying wonderfully neutral. This is a gluten-free product.

Vincent Longo Cupid's Breath Lip and Cheek Gel Stain

Vincent Longo Cupid’s Breath Lip and Cheek Gel Stain

The Lip/Cheek Gel Stain ($24) is a multi-tasking tinted gel that is both gluten and paraben-free. There is good reason why this is Vincent Longo’s number one selling product.  The stain is waterproof and won’t transfer to clothing…or to his lips when you kiss him! A great shade for summer is Cupid’s Breath, which is a true peach. It makes for a natural, glowy blush, and is a terrific lip stain shade. I put this on my lips, let it dry for 30 seconds, then cover with a little clear gloss for a pretty summer look. I have issues with gel blushes disappearing in about twenty minutes on me, but this stain sticks around all day. I just dot this on using the doe foot applicator and then blend with my fingertips.

Vincent Longo

Vincent Longo Creme Gel Eyeliner in Velvet Plum

The Crème Gel Eyeliner ($25) is really cool. It is definitely creamier than any other gel eyeliner I have tried. The creaminess makes it a dream to apply and it works fabulous as either a precise, thin line or completely smoked out. Once it sets, it stays in place and is waterproof. This stunning shade is Velvet Plum, a deep purple with blue pearl.  It’s a winner and it’s also gluten-free.

swatched top to bottom:

swatched top to bottom:  Creme Gel Eyeliner in Velvet Plum; Silk Velour Lipstick in Danae; Lip/Cheek Gelstain in Cupid’s Breath

There is one more Vincent Longo product I think is a must-have for your stash:  the Dew Drop Radiant Blush ($30). Just check out how gorgeous this is.

Vincent Longo Dew Drop Radiant Blush in Misty Blossom

Vincent Longo Dew Drop Radiant Blush in Misty Blossom

Misty Blossom

Misty Blossom

Misty Blossom is a medium pink with tiny drops of varying champagne shades. It is a demi-matte powder with pearl, so once applied it gives a beautiful youthful glow. I love this lightly dusted all over my face and neck for a quick glow. I also layer it on my cheeks for a pretty pink flush.

Misty Blossom swatch

Misty Blossom swatch

My Vincent Longo face of the day

My Vincent Longo face of the day

Here is my Vincent Longo face of the day, with Velvet Plum Creme Gel Eyeliner, Misty Blossom Dew Drop Radiant Blush, and Danae Silk Velour Lipstick.

Clean out your cosmetics stash and give yourself a great reason to buy new, updated replacements! And don’t forget the promotional code for Beauty Info Zone readers – BSBZ6WO for 15% off through Labor Day.  - Lisa

*sent for editorial review by BeautyStat

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Makeup Wars tackles black eyeliners

Makeup Wars has decided to do a very basic, one might say boring, topic this week – black eyeliners. As a blogger with limited photography skills as well as no photoshop program, I can’t even make it pretty. But I can tell you about my favorites and it’s more than possible that you’ll learn about a liner or two that you’d want to try.

6 favorite black liquid eyeliners

6 favorite black liquid eyeliners

I live for eyeliner (in a cosmetic way that is). I feel dull and unfinished without it. It is an obsession of mine. This past year I’ve been on a quest for the perfect brown liquid eyeliner. In that quest though I found a lot of black liquid eyeliners, many more than brown.  Just about every brand makes a black liquid. But they are not created equal. Read about my experience with an Essence liner for proof of that.

6 favorite black liquid liners - it's the point of it all

6 favorite black liquid liners – it’s the point of it all

I want a liquid eyeliner with a firm point, one that is dark black, one that I can make a thin line with and one that doesn’t make my eyes water. I want a liner that lasts the entire day but that removes easily with eye makeup remover. I want one that doesn’t crack or disappear if my eyes tear up. Not too much to ask, is it? Let’s see which ones can meet my criteria.

EDDIE FUNKHOUSER Ultra Definition Eye Lining Stylus is the one that started it all for me. It wasn’t my first black liquid eyeliner. I’d tried many. But it made me stand up and take notice. Here’s what I said before and it stands to this day: “This doesn’t fade or smudge, it lasts through even my major hot flashes, it doesn’t migrate, and it’s so black that it’s blacker than black. It practically applies itself, it’s that easy to use.” I first got it as a PR sample and I’ve since bought it so I won’t be without. ($10.99)

Eddie Funkhouser Ultra Definition Eye Lining Stylus

Eddie Funkhouser Ultra Definition Eye Lining Stylus

FACE STOCKHOLM PRECISION LIQUID EYELINER is the first black liquid liner I reviewed on Beauty Info Zone. I remember when I received it from the company and how excited I was. I use this often still and it’s as precise as the day the first day. The nib of the pen hasn’t broken down at all. It’s still as perfect as in its early life. ($36)

Face Stockholm Precision Eyeliner

Face Stockholm Precision Eyeliner

YOUNGBLOOD EYE-MAZING LIQUID LINER IN NOIR is the newest addition to my collection. I am blown away by the Youngblood Eye Liquid Liner Pens. They come in 5 shades which are all great. Marron, the brown, is holy grail for me – the best brown liquid eyeliner I’ve found. Noir, the black, isn’t far behind. These liners are good for the entire day, no matter the circumstances. Noir glides on without skipping and I get the thin line that I prefer. ($26)

Youngblood Eye-Mazing Liquid Liner Pen

Youngblood Eye-Mazing Liquid Liner Pen

SENNA PINPOINT MICRO TIP LIQUID EYELINER is especially great if you feel you have unsteady hands for liquid liners. At the top where you hold it the plastic is somewhat indented and the material is more matte making it easier to hold onto. There’s no sliding of your fingertips. This liner is wonderful if you want to create a cat eye and Senna has some great tips on how to do that. ($20)

Senna Pinpoint Liquid Liner

Senna Pinpoint Liquid Liner

CAILYN IDEFINE LIQUID EYELINER is my new favorite product from Cailyn. I’ve got a slew of eyeliners from Cailyn but this is the one that I’m using the most. The brush is the thinnest of the 6 I’m sharing today. It’s a very flexible yet firm felt tip that applies easily plus it’s a super dark black. ($18)

Cailyn Idefine liquid eyeliner

Cailyn Idefine liquid eyeliner

EYEKO SKINNY MINI LIQUID EYELINER was in one of my many subscription boxes and it’s a treasure. The full size is available at Sephora for $16. I find this to be more of a blackened charcoal. It’s not super black, it’s not a harsh shade, so it’s a great addition when I don’t feel like my liner looking too dark. It’s made me want to try the waterproof Eyeko Eye Do Liquid Liner next.

Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner

Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner

So there’s my sea of black. The only thing that could make me happier (eyeliner wise that is) would be if these wonderful liners also came in a dark brown. Then I’d be doing a happy dance. In the meantime, I’m loving these black liquid eyeliners. I hope some of my blogger buddies have some suggestions in their posts. Have you tried any of these? Do you have an idea for a black liquid I should try? — Marcia


*some items received from PR

Benefit They’re Real! Push Up Liner – is this as great as it sounds?

Benefit they're Real! push up liner

Benefit they’re Real! push up liner

On Friday June 27th Benefit is releasing their new, very talked about eyeliner – They’re Real! Push Up Liner. This liner is a combination of a pen and a gel. It looks like a pen but is actually a gel that comes up through the pen packaging.

Benefit They're Real! Push Up Liner

Benefit They’re Real! Push Up Liner

When I first read about this innovative product I was so looking forward to purchasing it. I really couldn’t wait since I felt this could be revolutionary for someone who loves gel liners. I joined the waiting list so that I could be an early purchaser. I’ve had it now for almost 3 weeks and used it a handful of times.

Benefit they're Real! push up liner

Benefit they’re Real! push up liner

They’re Real! Push Up Liner is one of the darkest black liners I’ve encountered. Black is not always black but the Push Up Liner is darker than anything I’ve worn in a long time. It’s in a pen that twists up. It is hard to get started but after the first time it seems to come out evenly. The tip is a rubber “AccuFlex” tip that is designed to “hug the lash line” and deposit just the right amount of black eyeliner. What you need to watch out for, because it’s hard to see, is if it comes out with a little ball at the end. If it does you’ll probably want to wipe that away since it doesn’t seem to smooth out as you move the pen.

What I’m not crazy about is that once it’s on, it’s really on. That’s great for long lasting wear but it’s not great if you need to fix something. I find it gives me a wider line than I prefer too. I have to be very diligent to get it thin. Actually the last time I wore it, I was able to get the top line thin but I switched to a liquid liner for the bottom since that’s my sticking point with the liner. If I were to go someplace hot and humid I’d take more time to apply this thinly top and bottom. On most days though this is not what I’ll be reaching for.

close up of tip

close up of tip before use

This is tenacious. It doesn’t give you a long time to work with because it’s on the dry side. I doubt you have much time to smudge it if that’s how you wear your eyeliner. It comes off with my Mary Kay eye makeup remover but I have to work harder to get it off. Benefit is going to release a special eye makeup remover for this but it’s not absolutely necessary if you have a good one already. You’ll never get it off with just your face cleanser though.

gel coming through

gel coming through

My recommendation is that the first time you use it you shouldn’t be in a hurry. It takes a little time to learn how this works best for you. I got way too much on the first time. I’m better at it now but I’m not perfect. I can do a liquid liner or a regular gel liner quickly but I’m much more cautious with this Benefit pen.

Benefit they're Real! push up liner swatch, see the ball at the end?

Benefit they’re Real! push up liner swatch, see the ball at the end?

I’m not in love with this but I don’t dislike it either. If you are watching how you spend your money then save the $24 that this costs and buy a liner that’s easier to use. But if you love a challenge or you love super black eyeliner than this could be what you are looking for.benefit liner back

I’m sure I would have bought Benefit they’re Real! push up liner no matter what but I did fall for the hype. In my book it doesn’t add up to it though. Are you planning on buying this liner? — Marcia

Prime and line with Tarina Tarantino

Tarina Tarantino, the funky cool designer and makeup artist, makes some of my favorite cosmetic products. I almost cried when she left Sephora…but thank goodness she can still be found at local boutiques and via her website. Tarina recently sent some items to test and I am excited to tell you about her Pearl Glow Primer ($32) and Eye Dream Hyperliner Eye Liner ($15).

Tarina Tarantino Pearl Glow Primer

Tarina Tarantino Pearl Glow Primer

As always, TT has adorable packaging

As always, TT has adorable packaging

I always love Tarina’s packaging – just like her beautiful jewelry, the glass bottle is extremely attractive with fabulous details.

The Pearl Glow Primer comes in two shades, Nude and Pearl.  I tested the Pearl shade. It is an off-white with pink and purple iridescence that sheers out a super pretty soft glow.

Pearl Glow Primer swatch

Pearl Glow Primer swatch

Pearl Glow Primer swatch sheered out

Pearl Glow Primer in swatch sheered out

This is both a primer and a highlighter thanks to light reflective pigments. I wear it over or under foundation. It is oddly lumpy at first, but smooths out and gives a great luminosity to skin. I also love that is has no silicones.

For eyelining, there aren’t many eye pencils that are as good as the Eye Dream Hyperliner.

Tarina Tarantino Hyperliner

Tarina Tarantino Hyperliner

Ultraviolet Hyperliner

Ultraviolet Eye Dream Hyperliner

Ultraviolet swatch

Ultraviolet swatch

The Eye Dream Hyperliner works great with my oily lids. It has a fabulous gel-like texture and goes on smoothly thanks to the tiny spheres of jojoba oil and vitamin E. I can create either a thick or thin line with ease.  The Hyperliner is extremely pigmented and also waterproof. It doesn’t smudge and the color stays true all day.

Tarina Tarantino Ultraviolet Hyperliner eyes

Tarina Tarantino Ultraviolet Hyperliner eyes

My Tarina Tarantino FOD

My Tarina Tarantino FOD

Speaking of color, I love the Ultraviolet shade! It is a dark purplish-black that I find myself reaching for day after day. This really is a wonderful eyeliner and I am definitely picking up more colors - Glamorous Thief and Kanzashi are totally calling my name.

Take a look at these two excellent products, plus Tarina’s other cosmetic items and her swoon-worthy jewelry online at www.tarinatarantino.com .  - Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration 

Pearl Glow Primer Ingredients: WATER, OCTYLDODECANOL, CARTHAMUS TINCTORIUS (SAFFLOWER) OLEOSOMES, GLYCERIN, ALUMINA, MANGANESE DIOXIDE, POLYACRYLAMIDE, C13-14 ISOPARAFFIN, LAURETH-7, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, PHENOXYETHANOL, MICA, TITANIUM DIOXIDE.

Hyperliner Ingredients:  Wax base: cyclopentasiloxane, c11-12 isoparaffin, polyethylene terephthalate, parraffin, polybutene, silica, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed iol, hydrogenated cottonseed oil, ceresin, ozokerite, microcrystalline wax, carthamus tinctorius (safflower) seed oil, polyurethane-11, tocopherol, glycine soja (soyabean) oil, persea gratissima (avocado) oil, isobutylphenoxy epoxy resin, tin oxide, ascorbyl palmitate, calendula officinalis flower extract, persea gratissima (avocado) oil unsaponifiables, aloe barbadensis leaf extract, tocopheryl acetate preservative: phenoxyethanol may contain: mica 77019, titanium dioxide 77891, iron oxides 77491/77492/77499, ferric ferrocyanide 77510, carmine 75470, ultramarines 77007, aluminum powder 77000, yellow 5 blue 1 lake dioxide 77891, iron oxides 77491/77492/77499, ferric ferrocyanide 77510, carmine 75470, ultramarines 77007, aluminum powder 77000, yellow 5 blue 1 lake

Black and blue with Chella Eyeliner Pen

One of the latest entries into the felt tip eyeliner world is the Chella Cosmetics Eyeliner Pen ($24). Not only is this a long-wearing easy to use eyeliner, it also comes is really cool new color:  Indigo Blue.
Chella Eyeliner

Chella Eyeliner Pens

Chella

the Chella Eyeliner Pen

The felt tip applicator is longer than any I have ever tried, which makes this liner extremely easy to use. Complicated and artistic lining is just about as easy as the basics because the liner is so user-friendly. The liner is also very long wearing and doesn’t crack or fade all day.

Chella

Chella Eyeliner Pen in Black and Indigo Blue

Chella

swatches of the Chella Eyeliner Pen in Black and Indigo Blue

And just look at that beautiful bright Indigo Blue! It is really flattering and makes your eyes just POP. My favorite look is an Indigo Blue cats eye with neutral matte eyeshadow and a blackened waterline.I love it.

Definitely try out the Chella  Eyeliner Pen, particularly in Indigo Blue. These eyeliners are the ultimate felt tip liners.  - Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration.  Check out Chella social media here:

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Perfect eyes for a girls’ night out: Beth Bender Beauty

Love a smoky eye or a cats eye but hate trying to create the look? Then Beth Bender’s Girls’ Night Out Pro Eye Makeup Stencil Set (an $81 value, normally $49.99 but right now is only $34.99!) is a set you are going to love.

Beth Bender

This is an extremely versatile set for simple looks or for high drama evening looks. It’s super easy to make a perfect cats eye or smoky eye in about 60 seconds, no kidding.

Girls Night Out

Girls Night Out Pro Eye Makeup Stencil Set

The set includes:

*  1 Pro Eyeshadow Brush

*  1 Pro Eyeliner Brush

*  1 Duo Eyeshadow – 4 Eye Shadow Duo’s to choose from, I got Golden Girl

*  1 Full size loose eyeshadow in Gunmetal or Onyx depending on color choice, mine came with Gunmetal

*  1 Cat Eyeliner Stencil/Top Eyeliner Stencil

*  1 Smokey Eye Stencil/Bottom Eyeliner Stencil

*  1 Instruction card

*  1 black zippered neoprene case (this was not included in my sample so I don’t have pics of it)

I really love the stencils – they are the stars of the kit.  Here is the Smoky Eye Stencil:

Smoky eye stencil

Smoky Eye Stencil

Step One

Step One

Step two

Step two

The stencils are made of clear vinyl and they seem to fit just about any eye shape. I love that they sort of ‘stick’ to my skin so they are super easy to use and keep in place. With my morning pre-coffee shaky hands, perfect eyelining can be darn near impossible – but not with these babies. They are fantastic for lining with either eyeshadow or with eye pencil.

Here is the stencil for a quick, easy, and perfect cats eye look:

Cat's eye stencil

Cat’s Eye Stencil

first step

first step

next step

next step

Two – or really three – eyeshadows are included in the kit. First, there is a duo compact of eyeshadow that can be used wet or dry. There are four different duos from which to choose. My kit came with Golden Girl, a super pretty combination of shimmery peach and golden brown. I love the shades and the eyeshadow is creamy with excellent pigment.

Golden

Golden Girl Duo

Golden

Golden Girl Duo

Golden

Golden Girl Duo swatched

The kit also comes with a loose shadow in either Matte Onyx or Iridescent Gunmetal. Mine came with Iridescent Gunmetal, a shimmery dark black/grey.

Onyx

Iridescent Gunmetal

Onyx

Iridescent Gunmetal

swatched

Iridescent Gunmetal swatched

I find that this works best with water or a mixing medium to create a liquid liner otherwise there is too much fallout under the eyes and it tends to smudge. But wet it’s terrific and the stencils make it a dream to use.

For perfect eyelining you need great brushes and this set has two excellent options.

Pro Brushes

Pro Eyeliner and Eyeshadow Brushes

The Pro Eyeshadow Brush is a small, fluffy eyeshadow brush that is perfect for the mobile lid and for softening eyeliner up a bit. The Pro Eyeliner Brush works great for both dry and wet lining.

Pro Eyeshadow Brush

Pro Eyeshadow Brush

Pro Eyeliner Brush

Pro Eyeliner Brush

If you struggle with eyelining, then this is a perfect set for you. If you don’t struggle but want something that makes eyelining quicker and easier, pick up Beth Bender’s Girls’ Night Out Set! I love it – and at $34.99 it is a real bargain right now.  - Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Add color and liner with Susan Posnick ColorEyeDefine

Susan Posnick ColorEyeDefine

Susan Posnick ColorEyeDefine

Susan Posnick Cosmetics has been on my mind the last few weeks and it’s time to share one more type of product from her. This time around it’s ColorEyeDefine, a very unique shadow and eyeliner combination. In our review for ColorFlo we talked about the uniqueness of her delivery system. ColorEyeDefine is another example of this ($26 each).

Susan Posnick ColorEyeDefine shadow in gold

Susan Posnick ColorEyeDefine shadow in gold

ColorEyeDefine liner in Platinum

ColorEyeDefine liner in Platinum

Above are the two ends of the single pencil, Gold/Platinum. ColorEyeDefine’s 8 eye products are all like that. One side contains a pigment type eyeshadow while the opposite side is the liner. I have 5 shades to share with you so you can see the beautiful colors.

ColorEyeDefine in Jasper/Sandstone

ColorEyeDefine in Jasper/Sandstone

The very first one I applied was the one with Jasper liner and Sandstone shadow. This beautiful green liner just kept calling “Me first, Me first” so I happily obliged. Wearing just these two colors makes a lovely everyday subtle eye look. Sandstone is a light sandy shade that is about two shades darker than nude. Wearing it with the green of Jasper gave a subtle but not typical eye look.

ColorEyeDefine in Smoky Quartz/Rose Quartz

ColorEyeDefine in Smokey Quartz/Rose Quartz

Rose Quartz is the prettiest light pink. I was only able to build it up a little but I didn’t care since I love this color. Too often a pink gives a rabbity look but this soft pink that’s got a touch of gold to it is a beauty. The liner is great too and probably my favorite of these. Smokey Quartz is a perfect name for it and these two shades work together brilliantly.

ColorEyeDefine in Topaz/Turquoise

ColorEyeDefine in Topaz/Turquoise

Topaz/Turquoise is for the braver of you. The Topaz eyeshadow is beautiful and I find it easy to wear. Turquoise eyeliner is very bright and bold. Since not everyone loves a turquoise liner I suggest you first apply a brown eyeliner, then apply the turquoise over it. You’ll end up with a unique easy to wear shade. I did this one night when I wanted to change up my makeup before dinner and I was surprised at how much I loved the shade I created.

ColorEyeDefine in Sapphire/Ametrine

ColorEyeDefine in Sapphire/Ametrine

Sapphire liner with Ametrine shadow is the one I had the most trouble photographing. Sapphire liner is a smokey blue that’s not quite navy. Ametrine shadow looks very purple in the pencil yet it turns out to be more of a smokey purple, almost a taupe purple. I’ve worn it with Rose Quartz and they make a great combination with either liner.

Sapphire/Ametrine duo

Sapphire/Ametrine duo

And the Gold/Platinum combo I first showed is a beautiful one. The gold shadow is a whisper of gold not a blast of it. The liner is more like a brightener.

ColorEyeDefine swatches

ColorEyeDefine swatches

Now that I’ve described it all I better tell you about these pencils. First they are perfect for toting around – whether for your cosmetic bag or your travel bag. The eyeshadow side gives you absolutely no fall out. With pigments normally you’ll find a mess but these are contained so there’s no mess. The eyeshadow is in the cap so you unscrew the cap but don’t take the cap off. Instead twist it around to pick up the color. I like to tap it before I do that to get enough pigments out.

While I swatched intensely to get you to see the colors, you’ll find that in general the eyeshadows are on the light side. You can build these up to a darker intensity but I’ve never gotten any except Ametrine to be dark. These aren’t glittery though they are a little shimmery. As someone who isn’t a big matte fan, that’s good for me. I’ve worn them both with and without primer and they seem to last the same amount of time, about 6 hours, before I see any creasing.

Sandstone, Gold, Rose Quartz, Amertine, Topaz

Sandstone, Gold, Rose Quartz, Amertine, Topaz

I find the eyeliner to be on the hard side so I always start on my hand. I need to soften them up a little. Even a quick blast of your hairdryer can do that. Once they are a little softer they glide on easier. You can use a pencil tip brush or smudge brush with these but do it quickly since they set up fast and LAST. Susan Posnick says that you can get these thick or thin though I’ve never gotten them super thin, more medium I’d say. They also say that you can wear the liner as a shadow but I’d only do it if I warmed them up first.

In little letters on the right hand side of the ColorEyeDefine page you’ll find the words “Watch Demo”. I recommend doing that to see just how lovely the artist defined and colored the model’s eyes.

If you are always on the go Susan Posnick ColorEyeDefine will be great in your cosmetic wardrobe. Liner and shadow in one handy pencil unclutters your bag and leaves you confident that you’ll have pretty eyes all day long. — Marcia

*received for editorial consideration