The battle of liquid liners – tarte precision longwear eyeliner and Physicians Formula Eye Booster

Even though I professed to have found my holy grail of brown liquid eyeliners I must admit that I didn’t stop. I’ve kept going and have continued my search. I still love Youngblood Maroon but I was hoping to find one that was easier to get ahold of. With a liquid eyeliner sometimes I’ll find that it works perfectly one day and the next it’s drying out and not the same. In one week I found that with both Youngblood and Stila so the search was back on.

My two choices were tarte Lights, Camera Lashes Precision Longwear Eyeliner in brown and Physicians Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Liner + Serum also in Deep Brown.

tarte Lights Camera Lashes Precision Longwear Eyeliner

tarte Lights Camera Lashes Precision Longwear Eyeliner

Physicians Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum

Physicians Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum

If you had asked me before I bought these two which I’d most likely prefer I’d have said tarte. I am a big fan of tarte cosmetics and have many wonderful products that I love from them and that get used constantly. Other than the gel eyeliners that Physicians Formula used to make, I really don’t have much PF in my collection. Let’s see who is the winner of this battle.

TARTE LIGHTS, CAMERA, LASHES PRECISION LONGWEAR EYELINER is available in two shades – brown, which is described as deep brown, and black. This $20 eyeliner comes in beautiful tarte purple packaging with a gold and hot pink/purple box that’s just as beautiful.

tarte Lights Camera Lashes Precision Longwear Eyeliner

tarte Lights Camera Lashes Precision Longwear Eyeliner

The eyeliner wears for a long time and I have no problem with it lasting just like promised. This is limited edition which surprised me since I’d expect tarte to have a liquid liner among their selections. As beautiful as this looks, I have two problems with it. #1 is the color

tarte Lights Camera Lashes Precision Longwear Eyeliner

tarte Lights Camera Lashes Precision Longwear Eyeliner

Does this look brown to you? It looks black on my hand and also on my eyes. I have favorite black liquids but it’s brown I wear most of the time. Problem #2 is the length of the tip

tarte Lights Camera Lashes Precision Longwear Eyeliner

tarte Lights Camera Lashes Precision Longwear Eyeliner

It’s very long and I find it hard to control. Considering that I wear liquid eyeliners all the time, I do have the hang of them but this tarte Lights Camera Lashes Precision Longwear Eyeliner gives me grief. I always make mistakes that have to be corrected. That combined with the very deep color means this is the loser of this battle for me.

PHYSICANS FORMULA 2-IN-1 LASHLASH BOOSTING EYELINER + SERUM is a double duty product. Not only is it an easy to use liquid liner but it’s meant to help with lash growth.

Physicians Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum

Physicians Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum

I’ve only been using this for a few weeks so I don’t know if it will help with it but the claims say that it will help with longer and fuller looking lashes. I’ve been using NR Skin Lash Teez and I’ve noticed a difference in the length of my lashes and I do believe that this is helping too. It can’t hurt can it?

Physicians Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum

Physicians Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum

Now let’s talk about the two things that I didn’t love about the tarte – color and tip point.

Physicians Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum

Physicians Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum

Physicians Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum IS brown. It’s a great brown too because it looks brown and natural when on my eyes. The tip is very easy to work with because it’s a great length. It’s at least 1/2 cm shorter than the tarte. That may not seem like much but it’s the difference between a sloppy line and a clean neat one.

Physicians Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum

Physicians Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum

The Physicians Formula liner is also less expensive and you know there are always specials on it. I bought mine at Meijers and got 10% off plus $5 off my beauty purchase. CVS seems to charge more for this but then they have reward card deals almost every week.

Obviously the winner of the battle of liquid eyeliners was revealed earlier and it’s Physicians Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum. This is the one I’ll continue to buy and recommend to you.  What are your favorite liquid eyeliners? Have you tried either of these? — Marcia

Top: Physicans Formula Bottom: tarte

Top: Physicans Formula
Bottom: tarte

*nothing to disclose

Softer eye looks with bareMinerals The Modern Icon and Classic Cream liner

bareMinerals Modern Pop Ready Eyeshadow palette

bareMinerals Modern Pop Ready Eyeshadow palette

Now that the weather is warming I’m finally in the mood for a softer palette. I loved a stronger eye in the winter but it just feels off for me in spring. I’m late to the game with bareMinerals Modern Pop Ready Eyeshadow palette in The Modern Icon but that doesn’t mean you need to be late too. When bareMinerals sent this I started to wear it but I was still into my winter darkness, now I love this softer look especially since I’m wearing softer colors in my clothing too.

bareMinerals The Modern Icon

bareMinerals The Modern Icon

bareMinerals READY palettes are among my favorites. Just like we’ve come to expect with bareMinerals and bareEscentuals the colors are minerals so they don’t have preservatives and are cruelty free. bareMinerals uses a proprietary SeaNutritive Mineral Complex that helps the skin on your eyes so you are doing more than make them look pretty – the mineral complex has skin-nourishing benefits that will help reduce the look of fine lines.

The Modern Icon has this great POPping design with dots on the compact and on the shadows. Of course they wear away on the shadows but it’s still cute to look at.

bareMinerals The Modern Icon

bareMinerals The Modern Icon

Top left is Chic which is a very soft pink cashmere shade. Next to that is Carefree, which is described as peach sherbet. The bottom row contains Sophisticate which is a light dusty amethyst and Exhale, the smoky taupe.

bareMinerals The Modern Icon swatched heavily over primer

bareMinerals The Modern Icon swatched heavily over primer

None of the shades are dark in this palette so it’s great for both young and old. It is appropriate for a teen that you don’t want to see covered in dark shadows and it’s soft enough to not emphasize the texture on eyes of someone older.

Wearing bareMinerals The Modern Icon

Wearing bareMinerals The Modern Icon

This is available at Ulta, bareminerals.com, and beauty.com for $30. And while you are shopping you need to check out the bareMinerals Lasting Line Long-wearing Eyeliner in Classic Cream for $16. Hopefully this isn’t limited edition like the palette because this is a winner for all year round.

bareMinerals Lasting Long Wearing Eyeliner in Classic Cream

bareMinerals Lasting Long Wearing Eyeliner in Classic Cream

While people talk about using liner on their waterline, I find that it closes my eyes up too much. The bareMinerals Lasting Long Wearing Eyeliner in Classic Cream is the perfect solution to this because it actually opens up the look of my eyes. While it’s easy to wear this as a regular eyeliner, especially under your eyes, I prefer it on my bottom waterline. It doesn’t last all day but it does last for most of the day which I find amazing.

bareMinerals Lasting Long Wearing Eyeliner in Classic Cream

bareMinerals Lasting Long Wearing Eyeliner in Classic Cream

One side is the twist up liner while the opposite end has a built in sharpener and smudger.

Everything I’ve been reviewing lately from bareMinerals has made me so happy. Lash Domination mascara is terrific, Kiss Me lipstick just made my Top Ten Summer Lip favorites list and now The Modern Icon and Classic Cream eyeliner are added to the list. Which bareMinerals products are favorites of yours and should be added to my try me list? — Marcia

*received for editorial consideration

Sweet bright fun with Hard Candy and a giveaway too

Hard Candy Nail Lacquer

Hard Candy Nail Lacquer

Hard Candy believes in fun cosmetics and now that it’s spring they’ve brought out a slew of beautiful spring shades to brighten your way. We were lucky to receive a variety of  jaw popping products to try and we’ve even got a few items in today’s giveaway. So many of our giveaways are for “anti-aging” but this one for is colorful, sparkly fun!

Hard Candy Nail Lacquers are just $4.00 and they run the gamut from classics to metallics and beyond to amazing glitter polishes. Graffiti polishes come in many different shades including the 3 shown here.

Hard Candy Fairy Ball

Hard Candy Fairy Ball

Hard Candy Pink Taffy

Hard Candy Pink Taffy

Hard Candy Mermaid Magic

Hard Candy Mermaid Magic

Each of these has magical sparkles and are loaded with glitter. Fairy Ball is a champagne that leans to the pink side with white and clear glitter within. Pink Taffy has a dark pink base with black and white glitter that are small to medium sized. Mermaid Magic is a brilliant teal with medium size glitter in purple and pink. Whoever wears them catches the eye of the beholder.

Hard Candy Teeny Greeny

Hard Candy Teeny Greeny

Teeny Greeny is a cross between a metallic and a glitter. The glitter is what Hard Candy calls Itzy Glitzy Micro Glitter Nail Polish. Sparkly yet not as obvious glitter.

Hard Candy Crush On Metal

Hard Candy Crush On Metal

Hard Candy has a line called Crushed Chromes and Crush on Metal is one of the newest ones. There are other shades on walmart.com of these too. Crush on Metal looks like molten silver when applied evenly on nails. You have to be careful not to get brush marks but the eensy weensy microglitter keeps it looking a little more even.

Hard Candy Walk the Line Liquid Eyeliners

Hard Candy Walk the Line Liquid Eyeliners

For more sweet fun with Hard Candy there are liquid eyeliners. At $6.00 each you can play to your eye’s content. At Walmart.com there are 13 shades but in Walmart stores there are more to be found. You can get basic black, you can be a glitter queen or you can just have some bright fun with their new neons.

Hard Candy Walk the Line liquid eyeliner

Hard Candy Walk the Line liquid eyeliner

Hard Candy Walk the Line liquid eyeliner Black Light, Glitzy, Twist of Lime

Hard Candy Walk the Line liquid eyeliner Black Light, Glitzy, Twist of Lime

Walk the Line eyeliner in Black Light is one of the new Neon Colors. It didn’t go on as smoothly as I’m used to so I had to go over it more than once. It’s a bright purple and I do wonder if it would look different under a black light. Glitzy is, well, glitzy! It’s a bright teal green with glitter. Not for us oldies but it’s certainly fun. Twist of Lime went on the smoothest of all and in spite of the lime brightness, looked the best.

Hard Candy Walk the Line liquid eyeliner Black Light, Glitzy, Twist of Lime

Hard Candy Walk the Line liquid eyeliner Black Light, Glitzy, Twist of Lime

Hard Candy Shadowholic 12 Hour Waterproof Eye Crayon ($5) comes in a variety of shades like After Hours (plum), Camel Back (camel/taupe), Golden Rule (golden bronze), Cloud Nine (royal blue), Cat S Eye (emerald), and Mirror Mirror (white sparkle). To be honest, I didn’t test out the one I got because of the glitter in it. But I would love to try out Golden Rule or Camel Back. Instead Mirror Mirror is part of this giveaway.

Hard Candy Shadowholic 12 Hr. Waterproof Eye Crayon in Mirror Mirror and All Glossed Up in Perky

Hard Candy Shadowholic 12 Hr. Waterproof Eye Crayon in Mirror Mirror and All Glossed Up in Perky

Hard Candy Shadowholic 12 Hr. Waterproof Eye Crayon in Mirror Mirror

Hard Candy Shadowholic 12 Hr. Waterproof Eye Crayon in Mirror Mirror

Now for the GIVEAWAY!! We are giving away Nail Lacquers in Teeny Greeny and Mermaid Magic, a new in the box Walk the Line Liquid Eyeliner in Glitzy, and the Hard Candy Shadowholic 12 Hr. Waterproof Eye Crayon in Mirror Mirror. 4 fun items for the young or young at heart. Our Hard Candy Giveaway is open for US and Canada through April 6th at 11:59 p.m. If comments close (which happens toward the end of our giveaways for some reason) then email me your comment to beautyinfozone@gmail.com. You can then click “I commented” so you can continue with other options.

Hard Candy Giveaway prize

Hard Candy Giveaway prize

Whenever you are in the mood to cheer yourself up, head to Walmart and the Hard Candy display. You’d be amazed at the great items you can find. What’s your favorite Hard Candy product? — Marcia

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*products provided for review and giveaway

 

Have you discovered Frankie Rose Cosmetics yet?

frankie rose cosmeticsIn the vast sea of cosmetics lines, a major stand out is Frankie Rose Cosmetics. This Los Angeles based line is a relative newcomer to the makeup scene, created in 2013 by professional makeup artists who know what works and what doesn’t. The Frankie Rose Cosmetics focus is on perfecting the basics needed for every cosmetics collection.

A plethora of Frankie Rose Cosmetics goodness

A plethora of Frankie Rose Cosmetics goodness

A Frankie Rose Cosmetics face of the day

A Frankie Rose Cosmetics face of the day

I first tried Frankie Rose Cosmetics back in November of 2013 and I fell in love with their super pigmented eyeshadows, creamy lipstick, and shimmery lip gloss. This time around I have different shades of the lippie products, as well as an eyeliner and their famous foundation.

Frankie Rose Cosmetics Matte Perfection Foundation in Vintage

Frankie Rose Cosmetics Matte Perfection Foundation in Vintage

Frankie Rose Lipstick in Soft CranberryNormally, I don’t test a product until after I have taken photos.  It has been so cloudy and dreary in Michigan the past few months that good photography light has been hard to come by. It was about a week before I could take pics of the Matte Perfection Foundation ($32), but I was so curious about this foundation that I tried it before taking pics. Then I tried it again…and again and again! I couldn’t stop wearing it.  I realized very quickly why so many people swear by it and actually consider themselves ‘addicted’.

Frankie Rose Matte Perfection Foundation in VintageMatte Perfection Foundation is a long-wearing liquid foundation with buildable coverage.  It is matte enough to keep me from getting shiny but it doesn’t have that super flat look that is a drawback for many matte foundations. I love the coverage and it doesn’t settle into my pores. This really is one of the best liquid foundations I have ever tried. It’s available in nine different shades, a great variety for different skin tones. Vintage is the perfect shade for my ‘somewhere between light and medium’ skin tone.

Frankie Rose Cosmetics Powder Foundation in Buff

Frankie Rose Cosmetics Powder Foundation in Buff

The Powder Foundation ($30) does everything a good pressed powder should do, but with more coverage. It has a creamy texture so it doesn’t look dry on the skin. When I buff this over the Matte Perfection Foundation I achieve skin nirvana – I still look natural but all those imperfections are gone, gone, gone.  Throughout the day I take out my compact to powder my nose…then stop, because it doesn’t need it! I am completely addicted. With 12 different shades you are sure to find your match. Buff Powder Foundation over Vintage Matte Perfection Foundation is my exact skin match.

Frankie Rose Cosmetics Infinity Eye Pencil

Frankie Rose Cosmetics Infinity Eye Pencil

Infinity Eye Pencil ($16) goes on smoothly and has some play time for smudging out before it dries.  It lasts for a few hours on the waterline. I like it best on the upper lid…I have some issues with smudging on the lower lid, especially if I am having problems with my contacts drying out. It comes in four shades. I tried the matte Black, which is a very dark black. I’d like to try Rebel, a dark blue shimmer, which looks beautiful.

Frankie Rose Lipstick in Soft CranberryThe Lipstick ($16) in Soft Cranberry is a shiny mauve with shimmer. It’s a beautiful shade that I know I will wear all year. I love the lipstick tube; it is chic with just enough heft to feel substantial without being too heavy. The lipstick is nicely moisturizing with jojoba and canolin oils. There are 14 stunning shades available, so if you are looking for a new lipstick you will want to check out Frankie Rose Cosmetics.

Frankie Rose Cosmetics Lip Gloss in Pressed Flower

Frankie Rose Cosmetics Lip Gloss in Pressed Flower

The Lip Gloss ($16) is excellent, a staple everyone should have. There are 12 shades, including Pearl, Sugar, Pressed Flower, Gala Pink, Cotton Shimmer, Raspberry Dazzle, Valentine, Sunset, Sangria, Crushes Berries, Winter Plum, and Tangerine.

Frankie Rose Lip Gloss in Pressed Flower swatchedPressed Flower is a neutral pinky/brown with lots of shine. Since the lip gloss is a combination of a lipstick and a gloss it has beautiful pigmentation and lasting power. I am very impressed.

Frankie Rose Cosmetics face of the day

Frankie Rose Cosmetics face of the day

For my face of the day, I used a silicone based primer first, then applied the Matte Perfection Foundation in Vintage with my hands. I put two pumps into my palms, gently rubbed together, then patted on the foundation. I followed this by buffing in the Powder Foundation in Buff.  No concealer….didn’t need it! Lips are Soft Cranberry Lipstick with Pressed Flower Lip Gloss.  roducts from other lines that I used include Makeup Geek Powder Blush in Hanky Panky, Paula’s Choice Brow Defining Cream Duo, MAC Painterly Paint Pot, and tarte lights, camera, LASHES mascara.

You can find Frankie Rose products online at FrankieRoseCosmetics.com, on Pinterest @FrankieRoseCo and Twitter @FrankieRoseCosmetics #FrankieRoseCosmetics, and they have a gorgeous Facebook page at facebook.com/frankierosecosmetics.  Be sure to give them a look – you won’t be sorry.  – Lisa

*samples sent for editorial consideration #FrankieRoseCosmetics

Getting in a new year groove with the January Glossybox

Glossybox 2015 January 3Better late than never!  The Glossybox for January 2015 is a great collection of full size and travel size skin care and cosmetics. It actually isn’t too late, you can still order the January box, thank goodness. A three-month subscription is $60, and the January Glossybox alone has over $70 worth of products. Here is what was in the box they sent to us:

Glossybox 2015 January

There are two sample items. The Vichy Purete Thermale 3-in-1 One Step Cleanser is a deluxe size, 1 oz.  This was actually voted the best cleanser in Allure’s Best of Beauty, so I am anxious to try it out.  No question this is going in my travel bag, stat!  There is also a small sample size of Skin & Co Roma Truffle Therapy Serum.  The sample is 0.17 oz, which is a wonderful way to try out this $80 serum.  I tried it last night and this morning, hoping I wouldn’t like it because I have so many serums right now…but it felt pretty awesome. Rats.

Glossybox 2015 January 4

The Kueshi Pure & Clean Revitalizing Face Toner is full size and this is a new line for me. Kueshi is a Spanish line, and this toner gets great reviews. The toner has aloe in it, so it is very gentle and healing.

Glossybox 2015 January 2

Another new line for me is Lollipops. The Eye Pencil in Goodbye Moon is just darling, love the packaging! This is a retractable eyeliner that goes on smooth and has great lasting power. Goodbye Moon is a black with a slight metallic finish. Definitely a keeper!

Glossybox 2015 January 5

The star of the January 2015 Glossybox is the Teez Trendy Cosmetics Beautiful Flat Stiff Brush. This is a wonderful eyeshadow brush! I love it for packing on color, and it also blends and smudges beautifully. Just check out that super cute handle.  Yes, it’s trendy, but it’s also just a great brush that I am happy to have in my collection.

I love Glossybox because it really is a tremendous value, plus I love the introduction to new and niche lines.  If you haven’t subscribed yet, the January Glossybox is a great way to begin.

Use the coupon code AIMODSTER15 for a Ardency Inn Modster Eyeliner Travel Size Duo with a monthly subscription to GlossyBox.  – Lisa

Glossybox code

*sample for editorial consideration

Jordana and NYX brown liquid eyeliners at last

I have searched and searched for a drugstore brown liquid eyeliner mostly to no avail. I’ve reviewed several but none met up with my criteria — until now! I’ve found not one but two liquid eyeliners that are from the drugstore that I like. I’m so happy and hope that now I can stop my search.

NYX Felt Tip Liner and Jordana Fabuliner

NYX Felt Tip Liner and Jordana FabuLiner

I first read about the Jordana Fabuliner on Nouveau Cheap and tried very hard to find the new Cat Eye liners that she wrote about. Alas I didn’t find those but I did track down the brown liquid FabuLiner. While Nouveau Cheap didn’t like the FabuLiner, I do. I’ve been searching for a brown liner for so long that I’m happy to have this in hand (and on eye).

Jordana FabuLiner in 02 Brown

Jordana FabuLiner in 02 Brown

The color looks dark but it’s a milk chocolate, it’s a truer and warmer brown than the NYX Liner that I have in Deep Brown.

left Jordan FabuLiner, right NYX Deep Brown Felt Tip liner

left Jordan FabuLiner, right NYX Deep Brown Felt Tip liner

The NYX Felt Tip Liner that I have is Dark Brown. As you can see above it is a very deep brown. It’s almost black but it’s softer than that.

NYX Dark Brown Felt Tip Liner

NYX Dark Brown Felt Tip Liner

The tips on the two liners are identical in size and tip but the NYX is firmer and almost a little too hard. I’ve only had these liners for about 10 days so I’m sure they’ll soften since that’s typical with use. The NYX cap shows that you should store it upside down. I’ve always done that and only had one leak with an ELF liner but it’s nice to know I was correct for a change.

NYX and Jordana brown liquid eyeliners

NYX and Jordana brown liquid eyeliners

Price wise NYX costs about $8 unless you can find it during a sale time. Jordana FabuLiner is only $2.99. I paid more because I didn’t think to order from Jordana’s website but it still wasn’t more than $5. Colors for NYX are extreme black, dark brown and jet black (soft black) while Jordana comes in Black and Brown.

I’m happy to have some new alternatives especially after tossing several of my previous buys. Are you a liquid eyeliner fan? What’s your favorite? — Marcia

*nothing to disclose

Milani Fierce Foil Eyeliner – a new choice in lining

 Milani Fierce Foil Eyeliner

Milani Fierce Foil Eyeliner

I rarely come upon the newest collection of products when I shop in drugstores so it was a great surprise to me to find the Milani Fierce Foil products at my local CVS. I had read about the eyeshadows on Daydreaming Beauty and wasn’t sure if those were for me but I was very intrigued when I saw that they had Fierce Foil Eyeliners and I needed one of those immediately.

Milani Fierce Foil brush

Milani Fierce Foil brush

These are a different formula than any I’ve tried. I thought that the Fierce Foil would be a gel liner but it’s actually a powder finish that applies and wears like a gel. This different finish is interesting to use and a nice change of pace.

Here’s what Milani has to tell us in this YouTube video: “Our Fierce Foil Eyeliner gets its richness from a black base that blasts the luminosity, creating a shiny, shimmery special effect that lights up your eyes. Blackened jewel tones with a foil finish, these can be used for lining or a full-on lid look.”

This is available in 4 shades and costs around $8 (I don’t remember exactly how much I paid). It’s available in Purple Foil, Black Gold foil (the next one I’ll buy), Navy Foil and the one I bought, Brown Foil. I’m always searching for a great brown eyeliner.

Milani Fierce Foil Eyeliner in Brown Foil

Milani Fierce Foil Eyeliner in Brown Foil

Milani Fierce Foil Eyeliner in Brown Foil

Milani Fierce Foil Eyeliner in Brown Foil

This comes with a nice brush that gives you a thicker application than I like so I switch to my gel liner brush from Paula Dorf that I prefer for a thin line. It goes on smoothly though I do usually go over it again. There’s a tiny bit of visible shimmer to it but not as much as you’d expect for something with the name “foil” in it.

swatch of Brown Foil

swatch of Brown Foil

While I haven’t tried it over my whole eye I’m guessing that with blending it a lot that the shade would be wearable for me.

All in all this was a happy purchase and I’m glad that I found it. Eyeliner is a necessity for me and I do hoard buy a lot of them. Since I’ll never use up one I’ll stick with buying Black Foil to add to my collection. Have you seen these or bought them? I’d love to know what the purple and navy look like once on. — Marcia

p.s.  I know this will be in Sunday Scoop but I wanted to alert you to a Milani Fierce Foil eyeshadow giveaway ending 1/21 on Daydreaming Beauty.