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

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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

Why I will never wear Essence Stays Liquid Eyeliner again

I guess it’s my fault since the name of this eyeliner says it all – ESSENCE STAYS no matter what – and on the same line it says 24h.

Essence Cosmetics STAYS Liquid Eyeliner pen

Essence Cosmetics STAYS Liquid Eyeliner pen

This is a black liquid eyeliner pen with a long marker type stylus. In almost invisible letters it says “waterproof eyeliner pen”. The problem is that it doesn’t want to come off with any type of remover. I started with Mary Kay’s eyemakeup remover that gets everything off for me. It removed my eye makeup but I still saw black lines. Ok, it’s waterproof so I’ll try Philosophy Release since that’s terrific for anything I’ve put it through. No thank you says Essence. I’m not leaving.

Essence Stays stylus

Essence Stays stylus

By now I’m frustrated and cotton pads and q-tips drenched in remover aren’t removing the stain on my lashline. I have a small bottle of Bobbi Brown waterproof eye makeup remover and thought that would be the ticket. You can guess by now that it wasn’t. Even this morning after a shower and more tries I still have a stained line.

In my youth this would have been my favorite eyeliner. I would have loved waking up to eyeliner on and I doubt I’d have tried to remove it. I have a wonderful niece who loves that sooty look so she may want this. But I want to go to sleep with all my makeup removed and I want to wake up to a clean visage to start the day anew.

Essence Stays liquid eyeliner

Essence Stays liquid eyeliner

Bye bye Essence Stays – you aren’t staying with me “no matter what”. — Marcia

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Youngblood Eye-Mazing Liquid Liner Pen – the name says it all

Eye-Mazing Liquid Liner Pens from http://www.ybskin.com/

Eye-Mazing Liquid Liner Pens from http://www.ybskin.com/

Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics is a brand to turn to when you want natural luxury mineral cosmetics without any of the common irritants that are found in OTC cosmetics. They are known for their purity and for their lack of ingredients that can be harmful for your skin. Youngblood has won awards for products like their foundation (Best Foundation” (Beauty Launchpad) and “Best Mineral Blush” (NewBeauty). Now I am about to give Youngblood an award too. Their brand new Eye-Mazing Liquid Liner Pens win my award for Amazing Liquid Eyeliner!

Youngblood Eye-Mazing Liquid Liner Pens

Youngblood Eye-Mazing Liquid Liner Pens

Youngblood Eye-Mazing Liquid Liner Pens

Youngblood Eye-Mazing Liquid Liner Pens

I’ve been searching up and down the makeup aisles in drugstores, department stores and online for the perfect brown liquid eyeliner. What I didn’t know is that until April 1, 2014 this liquid eyeliner wouldn’t be for sale. To my delight Youngblood sent all 5 of their new Eye-Mazing Liquid Liner Pens to test and review and in that group I found “the one”. I have a lot of liquid eyeliners yet to write about but I couldn’t let that stop me from announcing my winner.

Youngblood Eye-Mazing Liquid Liner Pen

Youngblood Eye-Mazing Liquid Liner Pen

Let’s go back and find out what these 5 eyeliners are all about.  The Eye-Mazing Liquid Liner Pen is available in five colors: Noir (Black), Marrón (Brown), Gris (Gray), Verde (Forest Green) and Azul (Blue). The liners have a thin magic marker type stylus that is firm without being too hard. The colors are beautiful. The best part is that not only do they glide on but they have great staying power. These last me the entire day even on my bottom lashline. Since my eyes water sometimes that can be a trick but I’ve had amazing luck with these over the last month that I’ve been wearing them.

Youngblood Liquid Liner in Azul, Gris, Noir, Verde and Marron

Youngblood Liquid Liner in Azul, Gris, Noir, Verde and Marron

Marrón is the first of these eyeliners that I tried and it absolutely blew me away. I’ve got a cup full of brown liquid eyeliners. I have none that match the perfection of Marrón. Not only is this a perfect brown but it doesn’t bleed, it’s not watery and it lasts for me. The texture of the brush is just what I like since it is firm and never skips.

The black shade, Noir, is an extremely dark black and is the only one that is a little bit stubborn to remove. It doesn’t stain but it’s so black that I have to hold my eye makeup remover on my eye a little longer with Noir.

Gris and Noir comparison

Gris and Noir comparison

Gris is wonderful because it’s almost impossible to find a soft gray eyeliner and even more impossible with a liquid liner. You can deepen the color by going over it several times or you can leave it as soft as you want.

Verde

Verde

Verde is a very dark forest green that can look black in some lights. But put it with the right eye makeup and you’ll see the green without being hit in the face by it. A dark green is another eyeliner that can be difficult to find in the perfect shade yet Youngblood has done it.

Azul is the only bright shade in the group. It’s not navy, it’s more of a bright cobalt blue giving you that pop of color that looks particularly great in spring and summer.

Verde, Gris, Marron, Azul, Noir

Verde, Gris, Marron, Azul, Noir

More things to love about Youngblood’s Eye-Mazing Liquid Liners: It’s easy to do a cat-eye with these because of the firmness of the brush. These are smudge-proof and water resistant. They are vegan and paraben free. And the most important thing in my book is that I’ve found the winner of my quest for the best brown liquid eyeliner. All the colors are fabulous and winners in their own right. Congratulations to Youngblood for creating these champs. — Marcia

Youngblood Eye-Mazing Liquid Liner Pens

Youngblood Eye-Mazing Liquid Liner Pens

*sent for editorial consideration

Eyeliner delight with Eddie Funkhouser

If you follow me on Beauty Info Zone you probably know I’m obsessed with eyeliners. I’ve been trying to write reviews about the different ones I’ve been trying since I have a goal to find the ultimate liquid eyeliner. In a way it was Eddie Funkhouser that started me on this quest. I fell totally in love with his Ultra Definition Eye Lining Stylus. I wanted to see if there was a brown liquid eyeliner that I could love as much. So far it’s no go. This is still a fun quest and I’m finding lots of eyeliners, liquid and pencil especially, that I’m enjoying a lot.eddie funkhouser liners in box

Imagine my surprise when on Valentine’s Day I received a box from Eddie Funkhouser that contained two eyeliners. It’s like he could read my mind. Other than a diamond ring there’s nothing better than a few new eyeliners to try. (I’m the princess of exaggeration).

Eddie Funkhouser Graffiti Cream Eye Pencil and Graffiti Liquid Liner

Eddie Funkhouser Graffiti Cream Eye Pencil and Graffiti Liquid Liner

Eddie Funkhouser Graffiti Cream Eye Pencil and Graffiti Liquid Liner are my latest and greatest toys. Graffiti Cream Eye Pencil ($10.49) comes in one color – Absolute Black. But it’s not just black, it’s black black and more black. This deep dark color applies smoothly and evenly lining your eyes in one easy stroke. Because it’s a cream eyeliner pencil you have time to smudge so Eddie made it very easy for you and included a smudger on the opposite end of the pencil. This is a twist-up pencil which also has a built in sharpener.

Graffiti Cream Eye Pencil

Graffiti Cream Eye Pencil

Smudger and sharpener

Smudger and sharpener

The pencil is great in 3 special ways: 1) as a dark black eyeliner pencil that doesn’t travel to give you raccoon eyes, 2) as a smokey liner when you smudge it and 3) as a black liner to go with the Graffiti Liquid Liners. What they recommend is to apply the Graffiti Cream Eyeliner without smudging and then apply a line of one of the bright colors of Graffiti Liquid Liners right above and out. This makes for an amazing cat eye especially.

Eddie Funkhouser Graffiti Liquid Liner in Haze

Eddie Funkhouser Graffiti Liquid Liner in Haze

Eddie Funkhouser Graffiti Liquid Liner in Haze - after I cleaned the tip

Eddie Funkhouser Graffiti Liquid Liner in Haze – after I cleaned the tip

Eddie Funkhouser Graffiti Liquid Liner is one fun eyeliner ($9.99). It’s available in three outstanding shades that fit the Eddie Funkhouser line perfectly. I have HAZE which you can see is a gorgeous metallic grape, there’s sparkle in it that’s both purple and red. You’d think it would be totally out there for a woman of my age but it makes for a gorgeous look, especially with soft shadows. There’s also INDICA (metallic ocean grown blue) and KUSH (Metallic harvest green).

Haze Graffiti Liquid Liner (blush.com)

Haze Graffiti Liquid Liner (blush.com)

Step one is to clean off the brush since too much can come out. I like to wipe it on the edge as I pull it out and make sure it looks even on the brush. If I don’t do that I’ll get an uneven application – see photo below.

swatches (middle purple was before I wiped it off)

swatches (middle purple was before I wiped it off)

The goal with the Graffiti Liquid Liners is to add beautiful, hologram-inspired impact to eyes for an amazing accent of multidimensional, fashion-forward color. This is a fun eyeliner for me to use when I want to add a little more zap to my life. I’m not going to wear purple metallic liner in my everyday life but weekends are meant for a great dinner out and a little excitement.

Eddie Funkhouser

Eddie Funkhouser

Speaking of excitement, blush.com now carries Eddie Funkhouser. I’m overjoyed about this discovery. Not only can I get free shipping and Ebates but I can get my thrill of Eddie any time I want.

p.s. Eddie, if you are reading, I finished my candy hearts quickly and thought of you the whole time!! — Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration

 

 

 

 

Christopher Drummond Wish in a Wink set

It’s always fun for us on Beauty Info Zone to discover a new to us makeup brand like the Christopher Drummond brand. The Christopher Drummond line believes in simple, natural luxury. The main word here is natural since the line contains products that are all natural, organic, and cruelty free. The company prefers when products can be vegan but that’s not always possible to accomplish. Here are the highlights of the brand:

  • All natural, organic-based and cruelty free
  • Effective and protective
  • Non-drying to the skin
  • Free of irritants
  • Non-toxic
  • Simple to use
  • Value driven
  • Perfect for all colors and skin types
  • Our makeup is NOT micronized and does not contain nano-particles

He has worked with many of the top stars like Jennifer Lopez, Brooke Shields, Halle Berry, and Kerry Washington to name a few.

Christopher Drummond Wish in a Wink

Christopher Drummond Wish in a Wink

Christopher Drummond Wish in a Wink

Wish in a Wink

Two of the products I was sent to review were his Mascara and a black eyeliner pencil that comes with the mascara. I received this as a set called Wish in a Wink that is sold on Open Sky for $19. It’s also available on the Drummond site but priced a little differently with the mascara costing $24 but it comes with the eyeliner pencil free and free shipping.

Christopher Drummond Wish in a Wink mascara

Christopher Drummond Wish in a Wink mascara

What I find interesting about this mascara is that it wasn’t an instant like for me. This one had to grow on me. It’s not the first mascara though that I didn’t gravitate to instantly and it won’t be the last (Chanel Inimitable was one I felt this way about). I’ve learned over the years that as long as a mascara doesn’t smudge on me that there’s hope. So I gave this time. At first I used it once a week, usually on a low maintenance day. I wanted to see if it had “matured”. After about 5 weeks I realized that this mascara was ready for prime time!!

Christopher Drummond tips

Christopher Drummond tips

Here’s what I like about the mascara now – it never smudges, it’s long lasting and it doesn’t clump. While it’s supposed to be a volumizing mascara, I haven’t found that but that doesn’t mean it won’t as it continues to mature. At this moment I find that it gives me some beautiful extra length. My lashes don’t feel stiff which I attribute to the ingredients (seaweed protein and algae extract) that keep my lashes conditioned. Another thing I like is that it’s a good layering mascara. Since I don’t get much volume, I can layer it with a mascara that does that job. I usually start with the volume mascara and top it with Christopher Drummond Beauty Mascara to get that length.christopher drummond mascara set pencil

The black pencil ($16 individually) isn’t terribly unusual but it’s a great pencil since it’s very smooth and applies easily. This is another product that I don’t get smudging from. In the Wish in a Wink set it’s called the Beauty Enduring Eyeliner pencil while on the CD site it’s just called eyeliner. It’s a very dark black and is great to make your lashline smoldering before you add the mascara.

Christopher Drummond black eyeliner pencil applied in different ways

Christopher Drummond black eyeliner pencil applied in different ways

Whether you get the set at Christopher Drummond’s website or Open Sky the price is basically the same. I like that it comes in the see through makeup bag at Open Sky, especially if you were using it for travel or a gift. My only caveat is that you might find that the mascara doesn’t impress you from day one. I started my “3 months” from the time I started using it regularly which might be cheating a little. If it seems too dry at 2 months though I’ll know that it’s time is up.

My Wish in a Wink eye

My Wish in a Wink eye

And there’s the proof. I wasn’t as careful with my eyeliner as I should have been but you can see that it’s a deep black and that I get length with my Wish in a Wink set. I’m glad I gave it time to grow up!! Have you tried anything from Christopher Drummond? — Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration

ingredients for mascara (contains beeswax)

Aqua, Steric Acid, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Copernicia Cerifera, Silica, Nylon-12, Glyceryl Mono Stearate, Glycerin, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Cellulose, Algae Extract, Hydrolyzed Algae Extract, Himanthalia Elongata Extract, Enteromorpha Compressa Extract, Lecithin, Tocopherol Acetate (Vitamin E), Magnesium Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Panthenol, Phenoxyethanol.