Living in a land where even the simplest of drugstore cosmetics lean toward 20 gold apiece, Sylirael the (Painted) Rogue has rather a modest hoard of glittering makeup loot. Trying to decide what constituted an actual ‘collection’ to show you all proved tricky, until she realised that there was one assemblage to rule them all…
PIXI BEAUTY is becoming one of my favorite treats. The brand is the brainchild of Petra Strand, a mom and a makeup artist. She has created cosmetics, skincare, nail polish and tools that are high quality yet don’t hit the wallet hard. When I was sent a few travel size small items to test I decided to pick out things I’d choose for travel. (Items with a * were sent, the rest are wishes or self purchases.)
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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).
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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: