Tarina Tarantino makes life Magical with her eyeshadow palette

eyeshadow palette in Magical

eyeshadow palette in Magical

Oops, I did it again! I received this Tarina Tarantino Magical Jewel Eyeshadow Palette to review (as did a lucky winner in our giveaway) but it cost me a lot of money. I am now so in love with the quality of Tarina Tarantino that I can’t stop purchasing. Luckily for me, Hautelook sells this every few months. Luckily for Hautelook and Tarina Tarantino I shop for their products each time.

Tarina Tarantino Jewel Palette in Magical

Tarina Tarantino Jewel Palette in Magical

I featured this Jewel Eyeshadow palette in a recent Makeup Wars about favorite purple eyeshadows because I can’t put it down. I’ve been wearing colors in the brown/nude family for so long that I totally forgot how much I love purples. Magical reminded me. It is one of the best palettes with purple shades that I own. It really is magical on my eyes and makes me feel like a million bucks.

Tarina Tarantino Jewel palette packaging

Tarina Tarantino Jewel palette packaging

Magical isn’t a palette that yells at people – it isn’t bright at all. It’s soft and subtle though you can easily intensify the shades.
Here’s how Tarina Tarantino’s website describes Magical: creamy white shimmer,  pearl ash pink, pearl beige, pearl eggplant purple,pearl soft pink. During Makeup Wars I described the shades as mauve, smoky amethyst, violet, creamy white and a light pink lilac.

Tarina Tarantino Magical

Tarina Tarantino Magical

Magical swatched without primer

Magical swatched without primer

I love a palette that gives me a light enough color to wear on my browbone that finishes up a look. I use the white for that (and no it’s not as dark as my thumb picked up). On my lid I’ll choose any of the three lighter shades depending on my mood. Typically though I’ll start with the soft pink pearl on my lid, apply the far right (middle finger) pearl beige just above that but not on the inner corner. I’ll then use the bottom eggplant purple to intensify the crease. I blend well and finish with the creamy white to pull the look together. I can line with the eggplant but I prefer a liquid or gel liner.

It’s “magical” for several reasons:

  1. The shadows are soft to the touch.
  2. They blend easily into each other without leaving harsh lines.
  3. They are almost creamy and not powdery.
  4. There’s no shimmer but there is a soft pearl finish (my absolute favorite).
  5. There’s no fallout.
  6. It lasts wonderfully throughout the day as long as you are wearing an eyeshadow primer.
  7. Every shade works with the other shades in the palette so there’s no waste.
  8. I love how it looks, I want to wear it often – that’s magic!tarina tarantino magical palette fingers

What have you tried from Tarina Tarantino? What do you want to try? You know I recommend this magical Magical palette and I’ll be sharing Delightful once that’s in my hot little hands. — Marcia

*received for review consideration

Side by Side part one: Beauty Addicts Solution Eyes Eyeshadow Palette in Express

When Beauty Addicts sent the BIZ two eyeshadow palettes to test, Marcia and I were stumped. We  literally sat with both palettes open in front of us, just staring at them. We had no idea how to decide who would get which one because they were both STUNNING. We finally did eeny-meeny-miny-mo, and that is how I became the proud owner of the Solution Eyes Eyeshadow Palette in Express ($35).

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Beauty Addicts Solution Eyes Eyeshadow Palette

Beauty Addicts

Beauty Addicts Solution Eyes Eyeshadow Palette in Express

Normally, we do our Side by Side reviews together – but these lovely eyeshadow palettes resulted in so many awesome pictures we decided to separate our reviews.  Stay tuned for Marcia’s future post on the Motivate palette!

All of the colors from Beauty Addicts are divided into five different color families:

Glow:  youthful, flirtatious, shimmery

Express:  casual, elegant, earth tones

Motivate:  classic, edgy, evening shades

Seduce:  sexy, sultry, smoky

Play:  creative, liberated, colorful

My eyeshadow palette is Express, with beautiful warm neutral shades that can be intensified for a more dramatic look. The texture of these eyeshadows is terrific, buttery smooth and creamy. I find them to have great pigment and lasting power.

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Beauty Addicts Express Palette – indirect outdoor lighting

Beauty Addicts

Beauty Addicts Express Palette – direct oudoor lighting

The top row has a matte creamy off-white shade and shimmery light peach shade. The bottom row has a shimmery medium copper shade and a dark warm brown shade with tiny golden shimmer.

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Beauty Addicts Express eyeshadows swatched

I used the technique that the amazing Olivia from The Unknown Beauty Blog and Into the Palette featured for deep-set, hooded eyes.  You can see her excellent tutorial right HERE.

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Beauty Addicts Express eyes

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another view

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Express Eyes closed

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and closed again!

I used the peachy shade for the mobile lid. The copper shade is my crease shade, with the deep brown shade also in the crease and brought down onto the lid. I used the creamy white shade on the brow, then lightly lined with a brown eye pencil on the upper lid and waterline.

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Beauty Addicts  Express eye

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My Beauty Addicts FOD

I am very impressed with the Solution Eyes Eyeshadow Palette in Express. The colors are gorgeous, and the texture and wear of the eyeshadow is superb. While I am very happy I got Express, I can’t wait to find out how Marcia feels about her palette in the classic but edgy Motivate shades!  (Also, check out my previous review of Beauty Addicts GLIMMERsheers and Marcia’s review of Beauty Addicts Foundation.)  - Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

The best eyeshadow, lip gloss, and nail polish for the Fourth of July

Happy Fourth of July!  Here is a holiday cosmetics Rorschach test for you.  What do you see in this photo?

photo from sf.funcheap.com

photo from sf.funcheap.com

Did you say patriotic Elvis?  Or did you say inspiration for your Fourth of July cosmetics???

Since you read this blog, I am guessing the latter.  And I’m with you!  Here are my top red, white, and blue eyeshadows, lippies, and nail polishes.

Red white and blue!

All you need for the Fourth of July!

Let’s start with RED.

left to right:

left to right: Face Stockholm Pearl Eyeshadow 24, tarte cosmetics Lipsurgence lip cream in Promise; Zoya Nail Polish in Lisa

My red choices always tend to be on the ‘berry’ side of the realm.  Face Stockholm has the consummate raspberry red eyeshadow with Pearl Eyeshadow 24 – and yes, it does double duty as a blush.  It even does triple duty as a lip stain when mixed with some clear lip gloss.

Speaking of lippies, my most-loved red for this holiday is tarte cosmetics Lipsurgence Lip Creme in Promise.  This is a chubby lip creme that is self-sharpening and has a slightly minty taste.  It is a primo shiny strawberry red – not too warm or too cool.

My red nail polish choice is – but of course – Zoya in Lisa.  Lisa is the supreme 4th of July red – ruby-red with pink and red shimmer.  It’s fun and festive and not TOO over the top…just like me?  Maybe!

Next is WHITE.  All three of these products should be in every makeup artists bag.  Period.

left to right:

left to right:  Makeup Geek Eyeshadow in White Lies; Whitening Lightning Lip Gloss in Phuket; Cult Nail Polish in Tempest

The cream of the crop white eyeshadow is, hands down, Makeup Geek Eyeshadow in White Lies ($5.99).  This is a pure white matte shade that should be in everyone’s collection.

If you are looking for a true white lip gloss, Whitening Lightning Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss in Phuket Exotic ($24) is your answer.  This is an opaque white gloss that can be worn alone, or it can be mixed with other colors to create a lighter shade.

My go-to white nail polish is Tempest from Cult Nail Polish ($12).   It’s an absolute pure glossy white, and it looks great on its own or is, of course, perfect for nail art.

Last but not least, BLUE.

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left to right:  Senna Eye Color Glow in Capri; Whitening Lightning in Bahama; Lacquer Lust in Zircon

I adore blue eyeshadow with brown eyes, and my most cherished blue is Senna Eye Color Glow in Capri ($18). It is the loveliest sapphire blue I have ever seen.

My blue lippie choice is yet another from Whitening Lightning, this one is Bahama Exotic.  Yes, it’s a daring choice, but let me tell you that blue makes your teeth look super white!  If you can pull off blue, this is a lip gloss you need.

I have tons of blue nail polishes (can’t say that about lip products, ha!) so this was a difficult choice…but ultimately Laquer Lust’s Zircon ($12.50) won out.  This teal blue with microshimmer was part of the infamous Birthstone Collection, and lucky us it’s still available thanks to a relaunch!  The color is simply stunning, and the reflection from all those fireworks will only make it even better.

For those who would rather categorize by product type, here is the lowdown.

left to right:

left to right:  Whitening Lightning Bahama; tarte cosmetics promise; Whitening Lightning Phuket

left to right:

left to right:  Bahama, promise, Phuket

Top Three Fourth of July Lippies:

1.  Whitening Lightening Bahama Exotic

2.  tarte Lipsurgence promise lip creme

3.  Whitening Lightning Phuket Exotic

left to right:

left to right:  Senna Capri; Makeup Geek White Lies; Face Stockholm Pearl Eyeshadow 24

left to right:

left to right:  Capri, White Lies, Pearl Eyeshadow 24

Top Three Fourth of July Eyeshadows:

1.  Senna Capri

2.  Makeup Geek White Lies

3.  Face Stockholm Pearl Eyeshadow 24

left to right:

left to right:  Zoya Lisa, Cult Nail Tempest; Lacquer Lust Zircon

left to right:

left to right:  Lisa, Tempest, Zircon

Top Three Fourth of July Nail Polishes:

1.  Zoya Lisa

2.  Cult Nails Tempest

3.  Lacquer Lust Zircon

Get into the holiday spirit today with some red, white, and blue eyes, lips, and nails.  And Happy Fourth of July from Beauty Info Zone!  - Lisa

*some products sent for editorial consideration

Happy Fourth of July!!

Happy Fourth of July!!

5 essential bold summer eyeshadows

summer sunset

Summer is the time for orange, melon, red, and purple – why not put a sunset on your eyes? Here are my recommendations for the 5 essential HOT summer eyeshadows.

Nars Scorching Sun

Nars Scorching Sun

Nars Scorched

Nars Scorching Sun

1 and 2.  Nars Scorching Sun:  a perfect summer eyeshadow duo, this matte orange and glowing terracotta combo are fantastic with a glowy tan.

Make Up Geek Mango Tango

Makeup Geek Mango Tango

Make Up Geek Mango Tango swatch

Makeup Geek Mango Tango swatch

3.  Makeup Geek Mango Tango:  it’s easy to get tropical with Makeup Geek’s Mango Tango. I constantly reach for this peachy-pink with flecks of gold – it pairs perfectly with a deep brown for a pop of color.

Make Up For Ever #58

Make Up For Ever #58

#58 swatch - really?  For the eyes at MY age??

Make Up For Ever #58 swatch

4.  Make Up For Ever #58:  This dark matte raspberry that does double duty as a blush and an eyeshadow. Trust me, it is gorgeous on the eyes and makes for an amazing summer look!

Make Up For Ever Color  Aqua Cream  18

Make Up For Ever Color Aqua Cream 18

Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream 18 swatch

Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream 18 swatch

5.  Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream 18:  one more selection from Make Up For Ever, not only is this pearlized lilac a perfect summer shade, it’s also waterproof so feel free to wear it poolside.

Color Flash eye

summer eye look

Color Flash eyes closed

go bold for summer!

Side view

just looking at the sunset…

These five shades are must-haves for any eyeshadow collection to go bold this season. Which HOT eyeshadows are on your list?  - Lisa

*some items sent for editorial consideration

Pixi Beauty will double your pleasure with Emerald Glow

Do you remember the line “Double Your Pleasure, Double Your Fun”? It’s the trademark for Doublemint Gum. Or how about Certs Breath Mint’s “Two, two, two mints in one?” When I received Pixi Emerald Glow Eyeshadow Palette it felt so familiar. Then I swatched it and Certs and Doublemint came to mind.

Pixi Beauty Emerald Glow mineral eyeshadow palette

Pixi Beauty Emerald Glow mineral eyeshadow palette

Pixi’s Mesmerizing Mineral Palette in Emerald Glow is two two two palettes in one. There are 6 beautiful shades of eyeshadow that are perfect for summer fun. What’s unusual about this palette though is that each shade has a complimentary shade that’s similar but darker. You have choices on how you can wear these colors. Go all light and airy with the top three shades; wear the bottom three shades and have a more intense eyeshadow look; or mix and match as much as you want. Now you may read this and say “I’ve had palettes like this” but I’m sure you haven’t experienced a palette in these shades before. That’s what makes this stand out from the crowd.

The Mesmerizing Mineral Palette in Emerald Glow is my second Pixi palette and this is just as wonderful, if not more so, than my winter palette.

Pixi Emerald Glow

Pixi Emerald Glow

Pixi Beauty currently has 3 new eyeshadow palettes that are color coordinated with great colors. My review is for Emerald Glow but there’s also Copper Glow (peach, bronze and russet) and Plum Glow (plum, cocoa and pinky-nude) that look just as wonderful. The shadows are silky and go on so smoothly. I find that they last really well when wearing an eyeshadow primer and they aren’t the least bit chalky. I never have to worry about pigment ending up on my face with my Pixi Beauty eyeshadows.

The jewel colors in the palette seem to reflect light. Pixi calls the shades “emerald, copper and cream”. I call them light yellowed cream, light pistachio, cafe au lait, light gold metallic, teal, and copper.

Pixi Beauty Emerald Glow palette

Pixi Beauty Emerald Glow palette

The first three shadows are the lightest shades. I love how the top shade can be worn as an eyelid shade plus it makes a perfect brow shade to complete any combination with the palette. The second shade is what I called pistachio because it reminds me of delicious pistachio ice cream. It has a beautiful summertime glow to it that I love. The third shade is a cafe au lait. Swept on with a brush it’s light but if you pat it on with a taklon brush you can get rid of the ‘au lait’ and have a pretty coffee/cocoa shade.

top three

top three

The bottom three shades are similar to the top but on speed. They are intensified and depending on the type of brush you use you’ll find that they can be etheral or intense. The 4th shade is a beautiful golden yellow when on my eyes. I love this shade! The 5th shade is one of the prettiest teal shades I’ve worn. And the bottom is a coppery bronze that I find particularly flattering on my brown eyes.

bottom three

bottom three

bottom three

bottom three

Emerald Glow brings together the sands and the surf in a magical way. The magic continues with the price of only $12 for all this beauty. Pixi Beauty is carried at Target so hopefully you have an up-to-date display but if not then get to the Pixi website and do yourself a double your pleasure favor. — Marcia

(Stay tuned for the perfect Pixi nail polish to wear with this palette)

*provided for review consideration

Emerald Gold INGREDIENTS: Mica, Petrolatum, Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), Polybutene, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol. [+/- Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Ultramarines (CI 77007)].

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Makeup Wars shares their favorite purple eyes

Do you think of Crayola purple when you imagine wearing a purple eyeshadow?

photo credit: bemused.typepad.com

photo credit: bemused.typepad.com

The shade that we grew up with if only had a box of 8 or 16 crayons is not the purple that Makeup Wars is in love with. As we’ve grown up Crayola purple is our last love but has led to many other shades within that range of color. Ones we didn’t imagine when we were 8 years old.

My purples are all over the board from lavender to violet to wine to almost black. All are beautiful and all have something special about them.

Makeup Wars loves purple eyeshadows

Makeup Wars loves purple eyeshadows

1. CHANTECAILLE TANZANITE

Chantecaille Tanzanite eyeshadow

Chantecaille Tanzanite eyeshadow

If you’d ask me to name one eyeshadow that was my favorite purple this would be it. I’ve gone through several of these since it’s got just the right amount of blue in it for me. Seeing it in the pot I’d never think it was a blue purple but on my eyes it is. I’m not putting these in any order except to say this has always been my number 1.

2. NARS KAUAI

Nars Kauai duo

Nars Kauai duo

Nars Kauai purple

Nars Kauai purple

I love this metallic violet. Nars describes the duo as Gold Lame and Smoky Iridescent Orchid. I don’t use the gold because it’s very sparkly and gets all over my face. But this purple is to die for.

3. ROUGE BUNNY ROUGE DELICATE HUMMINGBIRD

Rouge Bunny Rouge Delicate Humingbird

Rouge Bunny Rouge Delicate Humingbird

I swear this is more purple in person but in reality it’s a taupe purple. It’s not intensely pigmented but it’s beautiful and easy for me to wear. A combo of two favorite colors can’t be wrong.

4. LE METIER DE BEAUTY PLUM

Le Metier de Beaute Plum eyeshadow

Le Metier de Beaute Plum eyeshadow

This is almost a periwinkle shade. It is a typical LMdB eyeshadow in that it’s sheer (sheerer than my swatch) and works well for layering. But most days I’m not in the mood to layer so I use this with a firm brush and get a lot of pigment from it.

5. LE METIER DE BEAUTE FIG

Le Metier de Beaute Fig eyeshadow

Le Metier de Beaute Fig eyeshadow

Alone Fig is not a favorite but it works so well when using the Couches de Couleurs method. This is a very brown version of fig with a touch of red. It can change a look from day to night with ease.

6. CHANEL MAGIC NIGHT OMBRE ESSENTIAL

Chanel Magic Night

Chanel Magic Night

Sadly Magic Night is discontinued but I had to include it since it really is a favorite. The undertone of Magic Night is milk chocolate and it has purple pigment added to create a shade that makes for a beautiful smokey eye. One of the advantages to this shadow is that you can easily use gradient tones so you can get a great look with just this one shadow.

7. TARINA TARANTINO MAGICAL JEWEL EYESHADOW PALETTE*

Tarina Tarantino Jewel Palette in Magical

Tarina Tarantino Jewel Palette in Magical

I am totally in love with this palette. I’ve been wearing it at least 3 days a week for the last few weeks. Every shade in this is gorgeous and creates a perfect cool toned eye look. There’s mauve, smoky amethyst, violet, creamy white and a light pink lilac. It wears like a dream. The name Magical fits it completely. A full review will be forthcoming.

Chantecaille, Nars, RBR, LMdB x2, Chanel

Chantecaille, Nars, RBR, LMdB x2, Chanel

Tarina Tarantino Magical

Tarina Tarantino Magical

So there you have my very unCrayola line of favorite purples. I love the variations available and that I don’t have to look like a crayon.

Are any of these in your repertoire? Any favorite purples I should look into? — Marcia

Join us in our purpleness:

*TT provided for editorial consideration, remainder were purchased by me

 

 

 

 

 

Josie Maran Coconut Water Eyeshadow in Rio de Rose Gold

Josie Maran Coconut Water Eyeshadow

Josie Maran Coconut Water Eyeshadow

As I was browsing Sephora.com one day I came upon Josie Maran Coconut Water Eyeshadow ($18) and my eyes lit up. A new kind of eyeshadow? I’ve never had an eyeshadow that was made with water. I love all my cream shadows but this looked different so I just had to hit buy. Didn’t I?? The hard part was deciding on a color for my first try.

The choices are Playa del Pink (shimmering light pink), Rio de Rose Gold (shimmering pink gold), Polynesian Purple (shimmering purple), Rainforest Green (shimmering emerald), Beach Sand (shimmering light bronze) and Bora Bora Bronze (shimmering deep bronze).

Josie Maran Rio de Rose Gold Coconut Water eyeshadow

Josie Maran Rio de Rose Gold Coconut Water eyeshadow

Rio de Rose Gold turned out to be a great choice and one that’s been fun for me to use. So much fun in fact that I’ve placed another order already for more.

Josie Maran’s inspiration came from living on Oahu and loving the hydration of coconut water. Seeing that it made her skin glow she decided to see if it would bring hydration to eyes. She added lots of color and came up with these beauties.

Coconut Water Eyeshadow in Playa de Rose Gold definitely glows. There’s a soft metallic finish to it and the color is amazing for summer. The best thing is that I don’t think this makes my eyes look crepey.

You need to see the bottle of loveliness in a few ways:

Josie Maran Coconut Eyeshadow unshaken

Josie Maran Coconut Eyeshadow unshaken

Josie Maran Coconut Eyeshadow unshaken

Josie Maran Coconut Eyeshadow unshaken

You can see the coconut water and the rose gold pigment. Now let’s shake it up baby –

Josie Maran Coconut Eyeshadow shaken

Josie Maran Coconut Eyeshadow shaken

After shaking well you apply with the applicator, either directly on your eyes or transfer it onto a taklon brush. Both ways work well.

Josie Maran Coconut Eyeshadow applicator new

Josie Maran Coconut Eyeshadow applicator new

Josie Maran Coconut Eyeshadow applicator after

Josie Maran Coconut Eyeshadow applicator after

There is definitely a wet sensation to it and I have to sit and let it dry before going on. It works equally well on me with or without an eyeshadow primer – that amazes me. I always need an eyeshadow primer but the color doesn’t crease nor does it fade away.

Josie Maran Coconut Eyeshadow - same shade, different intensities

Josie Maran Coconut Eyeshadow – same shade, different intensities

My favorite way to wear this is as a base on my eyelid and then put another soft gold powder over it. For the crease area I’ve found that my dark greens like Gorgeous Martini or dark browns or bronzes look great.

Josie Maran Rio de Rose Gold and Gorgeous Cosmetics Martini

Josie Maran Rio de Rose Gold and Gorgeous Cosmetics Martini

I love innovative items like this. I know it’s not going to be for everyone. If your eye is very hooded the liquid might not dry without transferring or you sitting with your eyes closed for a few minutes. The color can be intense which is why I like a lighter eyeshadow over it. But the next day I end up at the lake I’ll be shining with my rose gold eyes.

Is this something that would interest you? If so, which color would you have chosen first? — Marcia

josie maran coconut eye rose gold side box

Josie Maran

Josie Maran