Do you have Tuesday, October 14th on your calendar? At midnight on the 14th, the IT Cosmetics Your Most Radiant You! Five-Piece Collection goes on sale as the Today’s Special Value® on QVC®. IT Cosmetics sent us this set, which is a mix of old favorites, including the Celebration Foundation Illumination, Heavenly Luxe® Double Airbrush Foundation Brush, and No-Tug Gel Eyeliner; plus two exciting new products, CC+ Radiance Ombré Blush and Hello Lashes Extensions.
1. The Celebration Foundation Illumination is a full coverage powder foundation. It’s available in 5 color choices; my foundation is the Medium shade. It’s got some pretty cool packaging. The white compact has a lower compartment with a brush (and the reflective metal above it works as a mirror if you need it). The top compartment has the powder foundation and a regular mirror. This powder foundation has peptides, antioxidants, and ‘drops of light technology’ for the added illuminating properties. This is a very silky powder that is particularly excellent for those with oilier complexions. It is definitely full coverage, so a lighter hand is better when applying this.
2. Heavenly Luxe® Double Airbrush Foundation Brush IT Cosmetics has truly fabulous brushes, and the Heavenly Luxe Double Airbrush Foundation Brush is no exception. The brush head has dual fiber brush hairs that are amazingly soft yet firm enough for buffing. This really is a fantastic brush.
3. No-Tug Gel Eyeliner in Black/Brown The No-Tug gel liners are beautiful. They glide on and have terrific lasting power, even with my oily eyelids. I love the self-sharpening feature. If you want more of a point on the end, just pull off the sharpener on the bottom and you can easily get a point that will give you a thin, precise line.
Black Brown is just that – a browned-down black. I love this because sometimes Black seems too harsh for daytime. Black Brown gives me that dark definition I want, but it’s softer. And the black/brown combination is different from a grayed-down black. It’s warmer and just plain pretty. This is waterproof for up to 12 hours.
4. The new CC+® Radiance Ombré Blush is currently only available in this set…and it is a stunner!! Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. This has a softer, lighter texture than the IT Cosmetics Vitality Cheek Blush, which by the way is one of my most favorite blushes. The CC+® Radiance Ombré Blush is terrific for a soft glow or layered for more of a pigment punch. Je Ne Sais Quoi is a pretty gradated pink that goes from light pink to deep pink. You could drag your brush in the lighter or darker areas only, but I think a swirl over the entire face of the powder gives a perfect glowy pink pop for cheeks.
5. The final item, also new for this collection, is the Hello Lashes® Extensions 24HR Mascara. This is a five-in-one mascara that makes lashes thick, lush, and sooty black. It is so black that I had to lighten the photo of the wand so you could see the brush head. It’s also good for lashes with conditioners like vitamin B5, peptides, collagen, proteins and green tea. This has nylon fibers that makes lashes incredibly long.
Your Most Radiant You! really is an incredible set. Every item is a winner, so be sure to visit QVC on Tuesday to order this set for yourself. The QVC item # is A260772, or A262259 for auto delivery. – Lisa
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October is really the most magical month of the year because you can make it the way you want it. It can be sweet and sassy, it can be monstrous, it can be spooky or it can be a perfectly beautiful fall month. You make it be what you want it to be. Pixi Beauty sent over some of their October offerings and I find a little of everything in these selections – sweet, spooky, and fallish.
First is a Pixi Beauty Super Smoky Crayon Combo. This is a double ended pencil with one side meant for lining and the other defining. The Line end is thinner and pointier. If you’ve never tried Pixi Beauty pencils you are totally missing out on something fabulous in the world of pencil eyeliners. I’ve bought many including sets of them. This is my first one that’s double ended and meant to be worn two ways. The Line end, a matte black, is for your upper lash line while the thicker charcoal Define end is for blending into your lower lashline as well as into the crease to contour.It’s a great charcoal with a luminous finish. Using the pencil this way would be for my spooky aka Smoky eye. The pencil is waterproof, hypoallergenic and like most Pixi products has no preservatives or mineral oil.
Keeping on the Spooky track for October, or any month, chose the Pixi Beauty Polish in Matte Black. What’s great about a matte black polish is that it can be used in many ways – nail art, matte polish, or top it with a shiny top coat and have a shiny black. A gorgeous manicure is to use this Matte Black polish on your nails and then do the tips only (like a French manicure) with a shiny clear top coat. It’s both dressy like a black tie party and attention getting for daily wear. The polish is thick and you could get away with one coat if you wanted. Pixi polishes wear well on me since I find them to be chip resistant. Plus there’s a built in UV protection to prevent discoloration. Pixi makes their polishes 3 Free (Toluene, Formaldehyde and DBP free) ($8).
For the sweet and sassy I’d look into Pixi’s Fairy Dust. For October they are featuring Snow Sparkle Fairy Dust ($10). This has a luminous glow to it. It looks like there’s a touch of lavender in the bottle but what appears on the eye or cheeks is a subtle platinum. It isn’t glitter but it is pure shimmer. Use this on the inner corners of your eyes and/or on the lid. You can also dust this along your browbone for an uplift to your eyes or even over your lips to create a glow. Since it’s not glitter it feels smooth on your lips, not crunchy.
A fabulous choice for your lips is a true fall shade – Tinted Brilliance Balm in Soft Sienna. I’m a huge fan of crayon lip products and Pixi Beauty knows how to do them right. Their lip balm crayons ($14) are glossy, moisturizing and hydrating. Soft Sienna is a beautiful shade for the season since it has a touch of brown, a touch of red and a touch of coral. But it’s not too much of any of those shades, it’s just a brilliant combination that makes an easy to wear and unique color. This has a slight fragrance that reminds me of peaches. I like a subtle shade on my lips so Soft Sienna hits the jackpot for me.
Pixi Beauty used these products on the runway in a spring 2015 look they called their Futuristic Fall Face. Eyes used both the Super Smoky Crayon Combo and Fairy Dust in Snow Sparkle – black and white and luminous glow. The lips in Soft Sienna added a perfect pop of color for the white items that were featured with the look.
Make October your month to be whatever you want to be. Don’t be stuck in orange and black – change those up to sienna and charcoal to lead the way. — Marcia
*items sent for editorial consideration, products can be found at some Target stores and on Pixi’s website
Please excuse unedited pictures, at the moment I only have an old iPhone to get photographs
Happy birthday and happy third anniversary, Glossybox! I can’t believe it’s been that long. Glossybox has mastered the art of delivering full and sample-sized surprise collections of goodies from unique and interesting lines. $21 a month is a wonderfully affordable way to treat yourself, especially when the value is always well over that – the retail value of the Glossybox they sent us for August is $64.
The August box has four sample sized products and two full-sized products.
Eslor Firming Collagen Day Cream (deluxe sample, retail value $17) This is the first I’ve heard of this line, and this moisturizer sounds intriguing. Ginseng has wound healing properties, collagen supports elasticity, avocado is an emollient and a terrific antioxidant, and wheat germ and sesame oils are great emollients.
Uberliss Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner (deluxe samples, combined retail value $8) These two hair care products should be extremely hydrating for hair with ingredients like royal jelly and keratin – plus these are sulfate-free. I am excited to try them out, and they are the perfect size for my upcoming trip out of town.
Eyeko Skinny Mini Liquid Eyeliner (mini size, retail value $8) I absolutely adore my Eyeko Eye Do Liquid Eyeliner, so I literally squealed when I saw this cute mini liquid liner. I find Skinny Mini is a softer black than the Eye Do Liner, so it’s great to have the choice of dark black or charcoal black. The applicator is the same, though, and this is and incredibly easy liquid liner to apply.
SpaRitual Nail Polish (full size, retails for $12) Each box has a different shade, and I got Uncharted, a fuchsia shimmer. This is a pretty, perky pink that is total fun. I love pink shades so it’s perfect for me.
Kryolan Highlighter in Cashmere (full size, retail value $18.95) What a gorgeous, glowy cream highlighter – I love this! It’s a small jar, but it’s so concentrated it will last forever. The jar was created specially for Glossybox’s third anniversary, and it’s worth the price of the box all by itself. A little Cashmere tapped onto cheekbones gives a perfect amount of glow.
For me, the stand out items are the Eyeko Skinny Mini Liquid Eyeliner and the Kryolan Highlighter in Cashmere. However, everything in the August box is going to get play from me! If you are considering subscribing, I have some codes for extra goodies for you. Happy birthday and happy anniversary, Glossybox! – Lisa
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GLOSSYBDAY will get you 20% off a monthly beauty box (through 10/21). MAGIC will get you a full size Eyeko Black Magic Mascara with your first Glossybox (through 9/26). HIPGLOSSY will get you a free Boscia BB Cream with any new subscription (through 9/30).
Three Mally Beauty favorites: Evercolor Starlight Eyeliner in Deep Violet, Volumizing Mascara, and Liquid Lipstick in Party Girl Pink
Watching QVC is definitely addicting, especially when Mally Beauty is featured. Mally sends the BIZ quite a few products to try, and here are three of my favorites that I love to use together for a polished, pretty look.
1. Evercolor Starlight Waterproof Eyeliner in Deep Violet ($15)
Deep Violet is a fabulous color. It’s not as harsh as black, and a little more exciting than brown. The eyeliner pencil has a creamy texture that glides on and smudges out for a smoky look. Then it sets and stays in place all day. It doesn’t last the whole day on the waterline, but it lasts as long as any other pencil eyeliner I have. Deep Violet goes with so many colors I reach for it more than any other pencil eyeliner I have…in fact I will need to replace this soon!
2. Volumizing Mascara in Black ($20)
Volumizing Mascara is a terrific mascara that definitely gives my lashes tons of volume and drama. I use two coats for day, three coats for even more drama. This is a wet mascara so I have to be careful until it dries, otherwise I end up dots on my upper lids because it makes my lashes so long and full. Once it’s dry, it is perfect – no clumps, flakes, or smudging.
3. High Shine Liquid Lipstick Pen in Party Girl Pink ($20)
The High-Shine Liquid Lipstick Pen is a wonderfully creamy, emollient lipstick/lip gloss hybrid that is exceptionally glossy. The texture is velvet smooth, and Party Girl Pink is a stunning peachy/pink shimmer. Party Girl Pink is one of my most favorite lip colors, and I love it paired with Deep Violet Eyeliner and the Volumizing Mascara.
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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.best 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.
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!
I am totally digging the limited-edition Amazonian clay dual eyeliner ($24). Holy smokes this is good stuff.
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.
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.
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!
That’s a lot of items for eyes…for lips, the tarte Fall 2014 collection features a new LipSurgence lip gloss ($19) shade, 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
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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…