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

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*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.

Have a Girl’s Night Out with Beth Bender Beauty

Beth Bender Girl's Night Out Smokey Eye Stencil Set

Beth Bender Girl’s Night Out Smokey Eye Stencil Set

Today is my birthday! Happy birthday to me. I’m going out for dinner with some good friends and my dear husband. I’ve been practicing the look I’ll be wearing and I’m going to go with using this set that Beth Bender Beauty sent a while ago. This is their Girl’s Night Out Smokey Eye Stencil Set and it’s on sale for $28.99 (from $38) right now.

Here’s what this particular makeup set includes:

-1 Pro Eyeshadow Brush

-1 Duo Eyeshadow in Onyx & Platinum

-1 Cat Eyeliner Stencil & Top Eyeliner Stencil

-1 Smokey Eye Stencil & Bottom Eyeliner Stencil

-1 Step by step Instruction card

-1 Black neoprene zippered pouch to pop in your bag and take with you

Smokey Eye Stencil & Bottom Eyeliner Stencil and Cat Eyeliner Stencil & Top Eyeliner Stencil

Smokey Eye Stencil & Bottom Eyeliner Stencil and Cat Eyeliner Stencil & Top Eyeliner Stencil

The two stencils help with both eyeshadow and eyeliner. The top stencil is for eye placement to get a great shape for a smokey eye. It also helps with lining the bottom lashline. The second stencil is to help with a Cat Eyeliner. I personally have a lot of trouble doing a cat liner look because my eyes are slightly almond shape and droop. I’m also too old to have too much of an exaggerated line – or at least I’m a day older than yesterday.

Duo Eyeshadow in Onyx & Platinum

Duo Eyeshadow in Onyx & Platinum

Duo Eyeshadow in Onyx & Platinum

Duo Eyeshadow in Onyx & Platinum

The Duo Eyeshadow in Onyx & Platinum is a great shadow combination for this look. The Onyx isn’t really black, it’s more of a charcoal that you can intensify if you want. The color Platinum isn’t silver but it’s a light gray that’s more flattering.

My Beth Bender eye

My Beth Bender eye

Here’s my latest practice eye for the look. I’m glad I did it and took pictures because I can see what I want to change in it. First I smudged my mascara so I have to be ultra-cautious about that. Second my brows need to be filled in better. But I’m happy that the stencil helped me with the shadow and especially with the liner. I never get an extended eye look as easily as I do when I’m working with these stencils. I’m also going to use a liner like the tarte inner rim brightener to hid any redness.beth bender eye2Beth Bender Beauty contains specific directions to help you get the look.

Smokey Eye Set directions 1

Smokey Eye Set directions 1

Smokey Eye Set directions  2

Smokey Eye Set directions 2

Since I like a dark eyeliner I used a liquid eyeliner (Eddie Funkhouser) and I’ve tried it with gel eyeliner too. On the bottom lashline I can use the Onyx side of the shadow duo though to get a softer smudged look.

This is a very versatile kit that I’m enjoying using. They have other kits and products that are ones to look into too. You can buy just the stencils for only $14.99 if you want. Lisa reviewed the Pro Girl’s Night Out Set so you can see how that works with golden shades HERE.

If you are ready for a night out and a change for the better in your makeup, consider Beth Bender Beauty. She’s celebrating my birthday with me today and I appreciate that. — Marcia

*sent for review consideration

 

tarte Sweet Indulgence 3 in 1 Holiday Gift Set QVC sale!

tarte sweet indulgences 3 in 1If you are a tarte lover, get ready – the Sweet Indulgence 3-in-1 Holiday Gift Set ($59.94) is on sale for one day only at QVC, November 10th.  Set yourself a reminder so you can order this fabulous limited edition set.  This is a ‘one for you, one for me’ holiday set for sure – or you can also break up the set and make it three separate gifts.  The BIZ was sent a sneak peek so we could give you the low down before the sale.  Two removable eyeshadow palettes house 16 different eyeshadows, plus the set includes two brand new blush shades, two lip creams, one lip gloss, three LE eyeliners, and 2 full size mascaras.

tarte sweet indulgences 3 in 1 QVC

For so many products, this is a very tight little box that doesn’t take up much room.  There are three separate ‘books’ housed inside the light purple with gold floral box.

#mysweetindulgences

#mysweetindulgences

All three books open up like this.  #mysweetindulgences

All three books open up like this. #mysweetindulgences

The first book is all about eyes.  The eyeliner shades are plum, charcoal, and bronze.  These are basic pencil eyeliners that work best on the upper lid – they do smudge when I wear them on my lower lash line.  Out of the three shades the bronze shade is the standout.  Also included are two full-sized lights, camera, LASHES mascara, one of my favorite go-to mascaras.

Eyeliners and mascaras #mysweetindulgences

Eyeliners and mascaras #mysweetindulgences

tarte eyeliners, left to right:  bronze, plum, charcoal

tarte eyeliners, left to right: bronze, plum, charcoal #mysweetindulgences

The second book is all about lips and cheeks.  There are two new Amazonian clay 12-hour blush shades – hooray!  I adore this blush and new shades are always so much fun.  The first is savored, a golden rose; the second is pampered, a soft melon.

tarte sweet indulgences blush and lippies #mysweetindulgences

tarte sweet indulgences blush and lippies #mysweetindulgences

Blushes  #mysweetindulgences

Savored and Pampered blushes #mysweetindulgences

There is one LE LipSurgence lip gloss in the shade indulging, which is a raspberry pink.  This is a sticky but longer wearing lip gloss, and the color is very pretty.  Plus there are two LipSurgence lip cremes:  wonder, a poppy pink, and rare, a peachy nude. The Lip Cremes are self-sharpening and have a slightly minty taste. True to their name they are very creamy when first applied and they eventually dry down to a stain that lasts for hours on me.

Raspberry pink lip gloss #mysweetindulgences

Indulging LipSurgence lip gloss #mysweetindulgences

Rare and Wonder LipSurgence Lip Cremes

Rare and Wonder LipSurgence Lip Cremes

The third book has two removable palettes with 8 eyeshadows each.

Two eyeshadow palettes #mysweetindulgences

Two eyeshadow palettes #mysweetindulgences

Purple eyeshadow palette #mysweetindulgences

Purple eyeshadow palette #mysweetindulgences

Teal eyeshadow palette #mysweetindulgences

Teal eyeshadow palette #mysweetindulgences

The first palette shades:

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#mysweetindulgences

pinky promise (pink mauve), taupe of the world (deep taupe), you look mauveless (mauve plum),  just malt away (creamy malt)

#mysweetindulgences

#mysweetindulgences

pampered pink (light pink), dare to be gold (gold), show plum love (rich plum), wind down brown (rich brown)

The second palette shades:

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#mysweetindulgences

vanilla candles (soft beige), coming up roses (plum rose), hazelnut bon bons (medium brown), champagne bubble bath (shimmering pink)

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#mysweetindulgences

bronze cuff (golden hazel),  feeling grey-t (pebble grey), espresso yourself (espresso), cinnamon latte (shimmering cinnamon)

This is a great set to buy for any cosmetics lover.  The only items that I could do without are the eye pencils, but if you have dry skin they will probably work well for you.  A great thing about tarte is their shades are more on the neutral side, so you really can’t go wrong with these as gifts.  Take advantage of the TSV sale on November 10th…I have a feeling this holiday special set is not going to last for long.  You can buy it right here:  http://qvc.co/tarte-SweetIndulgences – Lisa

* sent for editorial consideration

#mysweetindulgences @tartecosmetics

Top Ten Tuesday picks favorite colored eyeliners

It’s so nice to be back online and able to write a TOP TEN TUESDAY review. This week is especially fun since it’s about eyeliners and I can’t live without my eyeliner when I’m doing my makeup. There were two hard things for me with this week’s challenge – 1) I can’t get upstairs to take pictures so I left out some favorite brands like Urban Decay and 2) we aren’t “allowed” to include black or brown which is what I wear most days. But I am rising to the challenge and picking out my favorite colored liners.

1.  MAKEUP GEEK GEL LINERS – These are absolutely wonderful gel liners that I can’t recommend highly enough. The price tag of $8.99 makes these a steal because they are so long lasting and wear better than most gel eyeliners. I especially love Rave shown below because it’s a fabulous taupe. If you read the linked review you’ll see Electric, Mystic and Fame that are must haves if you love beautiful colors in gel eyeliners. *

Makeup Geek Rave Gel Eyeliner

Makeup Geek Rave Gel Eyeliner

2.  TARTE smolderEYES™ Amazonian clay waterproof liners  I can’t rave enough about tarte’s eyeliners. They make a variety of colors and styles. The two shown in the collage are Taupe and Rose Gold. Tarte comes out with new colors all the time and the best time to buy them is when they are part of a set, you’ll get shades you didn’t know you would fall in love with and at a great price. *

3. CAILYN LINEFIX GEL LINERS - I have a slew of these because they make shades that aren’t easily available from every line. These are $21 retail but I’ve yet to pay that. I’ve gotten them in subscription boxes and found them for less online. The collage shows black but the review shows the gorgeous green, blue and purple available.

Blue, purple, green from Cailyn gel liners

Blue, purple, green from Cailyn gel liners

4. PIXI BEAUTY ENDLESS SILKY EYE PENCILS – If you are seeking colored eyeliner pencils you can’t go wrong with Pixi Beauty. These are amazing. I have the set shown which contains Black Noir, Deep Plum, Black Cocoa, Sage Gold and Oyster Glow as well as singles like Cafe Gold. These glide on and are truly silky. The set is $18 so you get a nice variety but once you try it you’ll go on to buy the singles for $12 too.

5. MARC JACOBS BEAUTY HIGHLINER GEL CRAYONS – No I don’t have this set (yet) but it’s amazing and I want it. I do have individual colors of the Highliner Gel Crayons and they are something to aspire owning. These are so smooth and the colors are fabulous. This set is $45 and contains  O(vert) (forest green), Brown(out) (bronze with shimmer), Th(ink) (deep navy), (Plum)age (vivid purple), Blacquer (black), Sunset (golden bronze shimmer), Midnight in Paris (inky indigo blue). I have full sizes of Blacquer, Th(ink) and (Plum)age and those are $25 each so you can see what a gem this limited edition set is.

6. YOUNGBLOOD EYE-MAZING LIQUID EYE PENS – My favorite liquid eyeliners when it comes to colors out of the ordinary. There are 5 shades all together and I use the black and brown (marron) all the time but the other 3 are gems. Verde is an amazing green and Azul is the most unusual blue – it is not navy as you can see. I highly recommend these liquid liners and never want to be without Marron.

Youngblood Eye-Mazing liquid liners - Azul, Gris,  Noir, Verde, Marron

Youngblood Eye-Mazing liquid liners – Azul, Gris, Noir, Verde, Marron

7.  TARINA TARANTINO HYPERLINER – The one shown is Ultra Violet and it’s a fabulous shade as well as a fabulous pencil eyeliner. Besides being beautifully pigmented, it’s long lasting. The secret to this is to watch Hautelook for sales on Tarina Tarantino since the products are so well priced. I’ve bought most of my TT products this way.

Tarina Tarantino Hyperliner in Ultra Violet

Tarina Tarantino Hyperliner in Ultra Violet

8. IT COSMETICS NO TUG WATERPROOF GEL EYELINER PENCILS – All 10 shades are shown in our review of these gel eyeliner pencils so you can see what beauties they are. IT Cosmetics continues to be one of my favorite lines and these beautiful eyeliners keep up the tradition.  These are my 5 and I am especially fond of Lucky Jade, Navy and Silk Taupe. It’s nice to have a navy that isn’t black so that makes it special. Plum (check review) is an especially pretty shade. *

It gel eyeliner swatches: black, copper, lucky jade, navy and silk taupe

It gel eyeliner swatches: black, copper, lucky jade, navy and silk taupe

The numbers stop at 8 but there are probably 2 dozen colored liners in here that I love. While black and brown may rule the day, colored liners should rule the night! Any that you love to recommend?

Join my fellow Top Ten Bloggers to find out how to spend your money! — Marcia

*notates products received for editorial consideration


IT Cosmetics Your Most Radiant You! Collection review

It Cosmetics Your Most Radiant You

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.

IT Cosmetics Your Most Radiant You!

IT Cosmetics Your Most Radiant You!

IT Cosmetics Your Most Radiant You! 5 Piece Collection

IT Cosmetics Your Most Radiant You! 5 Piece Collection

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.

Celebration foundation

Celebration Foundation Illumination in Medium

Celebration Illumination Foundation swatch in Medium

Celebration Foundation Illumination swatch in Medium

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.

Heavenly Luxe Double Airbrush Foundation Brush

Heavenly Luxe Double Airbrush Foundation Brush

The Heavenly Luxe Double Airbrush Foundation Brush

The Heavenly Luxe Double Airbrush Foundation 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

No-Tug Gel Eyeliner in Black Brown

Built in sharpener

Built-in sharpener

swatch of Black Brown No-Tug Waterproof Gel Eyeliner

swatch of Black Brown No-Tug Waterproof Gel Eyeliner

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.

IT Cosmetics CC+ Radiance Ombre Blush

IT Cosmetics CC+ Radiance Ombre Blush

Je Ne Sais Quoi Blush

Je Ne Sais Quoi Blush

Je Ne Sais Quoi swatch

Je Ne Sais Quoi swatch

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.

Hello Lashes® Extensions 24HR Mascara

Hello Lashes® Extensions 24HR Mascara

Hello Lashes® Extensions 24HR Mascara

Hello Lashes® Extensions 24HR Mascara

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.

IT Cosmetics Your Most Radiant You collage

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

*sent for editorial consideration