Taking a dip with Tom Ford Nude Dip eyeshadow palette

Tom Ford Eyeshadow Palette

Tom Ford Eyeshadow Palette

I’m having a summer love affair and I hope it extends into fall and winter. This affair is with Tom Ford’s Nude Dip Eyeshadow Palette. I didn’t want to fall in love, I didn’t even want to meet this guy, I wanted to stick with my beautiful and less expensive palettes. But an $80 Nordstrom Reward certificate was coming to its end date and Helen (Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog) was tempting me as usual with her amazing review. You obviously know what happened which is why you are reading this. I caved and spent that $80 on Tom Ford Nude Dip instead of the shoes I really needed. I ain’t gonna apologize because this is fabulous.

Tom Ford Nude Dip (03) Eyeshadow Palette

Tom Ford Nude Dip (03) Eyeshadow Palette

This is everything I wanted Tom Ford palettes to be and a little more. There are no glitter shades in this but there is a beautiful shimmer to each one of these shadows. My eyes sparkle when I wear this. In my magnifying mirror I do see the shimmer but it’s not fall out shimmer, it stays on my eyes where it belongs. I’ve seen this described as frosty and I guess it can be but you know what – I don’t care!

Tom Ford Nude Dip Top row

Tom Ford Nude Dip top row

Tom Ford Nude Dip Top row

Tom Ford Nude Dip top row

The top row has a light gold and a light rose gold. Both are extremely flattering. I love the sunshine look of these. I’ve worn them each on my eyelid and/or on my browbone. They take my eye makeup to another dimension.

Tom Ford Nude Dip bottom row

Tom Ford Nude Dip bottom row

Tom Ford Nude Dip bottom row

Tom Ford Nude Dip bottom row

The bottom two shadows are a delicious taupe and a darker brown but one that’s not too dark. It fits in with the theme of “nude dip” perfectly. It’s not sooty like some browns can be.

Tom Ford Nude Dip

Tom Ford Nude Dip

These shadows glide on and feel very creamy. I use a brush like MAC 242 and 217 that doesn’t pack these on so the colors stay true. They blend with ease and no matter what combination I use, I’m always happy. The palette is a repromote from 2014 and I am bowing down to the company for this rerelease. It is now part of the permanent collection but I still wouldn’t wait to buy this if you have been thinking of a splurge. After all you don’t want to lose out on the last vestiges of summer beauty at its best. — Marciatom ford nude dip arm

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If you are ready for some amazing pictures please visit Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog to see the glory of this palette by someone who’s a photographer and not a pretender.

Pacifica helps make sure you are so pretty!

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IMG_3336One of our favorite Vegan, cruelty-free lines is PACIFICA. They are all about serving the highest good of both women and the environment. Their products are 100% Vegan, cruelty-free and certified by PETA.

Four winners from Pacifica

Four winners from Pacifica

I love their cleansing wipes and now they are moving fast to the top of my list for their cosmetics. I have some excellent products to tell you about today because they sent me some great items to test –  Power of Love Eyeshadow Palette, Natural Eye Pencils, and Stellar Gaze Mascara.

Pacifica Power of Love Palette

Pacifica Power of Love Palette

Marcia wrote about the beautiful Power of Love Eyeshadow Palette ($19.99), which you can read HERE.  This beautiful palette is full of creamy matte and shimmery eyeshadows:  Mysterious, Bare, Falling Star, Spirited, Devoted, Shine On, Treasure, Crush, Soul, and Luna. This is a beautiful palette with a great combination of every day and dramatic shades.

Pacifica Eye Pencils

Pacifica Natural Eye Pencils

The Natural Eye Pencils ($11) are highly pigmented and go on wonderfully smooth. The color lasts for a very long time – I find they wear as long as gel liner does for me without any smudging. Plus, they have excellent ingredients including Jojoba Oil, Shea Butter, Vitamin E and Vitamin C. Fringe is a deep brown and Jet is a dark black. If you are a fan of eye lining pencils, these are a real treat.

Pacifica Stellar Gaze Mascara

Pacifica Stellar Gaze Mascara

I am so picky about mascara…I want length, volume, and most importantly no smudging. Pacifica Stellar Gaze Mascara ($14) does everything I want and at a great price too. It has a big thick brush and this mineral mascara has coconut oil and vitamin B to condition and strengthen lashes.

Pacifica Natural Eye Pencils and Stellar Gaze Mascara

Pacifica Natural Eye Pencils and Stellar Gaze Mascara

In the top pic I am wearing Fringe Eyeliner and in the bottom pick I am wearing Jet. I am wearing Stellar Gaze Mascara in both, although only on my top lashes. I rarely do my bottom lashes because with mascara they are so long they look kind of freaky. You will also be happy to know that I sported this look – a different shade of eyeliner on each eye – to both the gas station and the grocery store, totally forgetting I had one eye lined with Fringe and one with Jet for blog photos. Now no one has any doubt at all about the depth of my weirdness.

I am really impressed with Pacifica. It’s a great vegan and cruelty-free line with wonderful beauty products. You can find Pacifica online and at stores like Target, Ulta, and Whole Foods.  – Lisa

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Fun and affordable summer color from Hard Candy!

Summer means fun, bright, shimmery color…and Hard Candy has all that at the best prices you can find! You really can’t go wrong with such affordable cosmetics. This is the line for going out of your comfort zone and trying some things you normally wouldn’t reach for at the store.

Hard Candy sent us some items to try and these are the ones that put me right into a party mood.

Hard Candy So Baked Bronzer in Tropics

Hard Candy So Baked Bronzer in Tropics

SO BAKED BRONZER in Tropic is a huge shimmery golden baked bronzer. This works great as a highlighter, creating a perfect ‘gleam’ especially for darker skin tones. So Baked Bronzer is very long-lasting and it’s such a big pan that this $9 bronzer will probably last for years! Every summer party needs some golden shimmer and this is the perfect answer.

Hard Candy Mod Quad in Smoke and Mirrors

Hard Candy Mod Quad in Smoke and Mirrors

I still can’t get over the fact that the MOD QUAD EYE SHADOW PALETTE is just $4.50.  I mean seriously.  It comes in several shade options but the one for summer fun is Smoke & Mirrors. Again, $4.50 for a beautiful smoky eye?? And look at the kicky snake-skin packaging! Use these shadows wet for some extra drama.

Hard Candy Poppin Pigments in Land and Sea, King Me

Hard Candy Poppin Pigments in Land and Sea, King Me

POPPIN PIGMENTS are beautiful. Glitter typically scares me, but these are so gorgeous I was thrilled to make them mine. Land and Sea is a combo of shimmery silver and ocean blue; King Me is a purple-pink and a blackened silver.

I am a little too old to wear these as eyeshadows, although those who can get away with glitter will love these. The glitter isn’t too chunky or too dusty. While I am not a fan of these as eyeshadows, I love them mixed with body lotion! They give a pretty, unusual shimmer to any lotion that is lots of fun especially if you are going out to a club to dance. These run $4 for a set of two jars of pigments.

LASHAHOLIC MASCARA creates big, thick lashes although if you put this on bottom lashes, it tends to smudge. Stick with the top lashes and for $5 this is a great mascara. I especially love the small sizes for trying different formulas if you can find them.

Hard Candy is wonderfully affordable and they have some truly excellent options that are lots of fun. Next time you are at Walmart pick up a few new goodies and ramp up the fun!  – Lisa

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Tarina Tarantino review and giveaway!

I love Tarina Tarantino jewelry, but I think I love the cosmetics even more. My favorite items are the Hyperliner Eye Liners and Gem Gloss Lip Gloss. I have my favorites for you today and then we have a Beauty Info Zone giveaway for Marcia’s favorite, the Eyeshadow Jewel Palette in Magical.

Tarina Tarantino Eyeliner

While I tend to gravitate toward gel eyeliners in pots, my favorite pencil eyeliners are Tarina Tarantino’s Eye Dream Hyperliner. The Eye Dream Hyperliner is a gel texture that I love, not too soft and not too hard. It applies smoothly thanks to the tiny spheres of jojoba oil and vitamin E. I can create either a thick or thin line with ease. It stays beautifully without smearing, even with my oily lids. Do you prefer a thick or thin line? This pencil can do either. The Hyperliner is extremely pigmented and also waterproof.

Tarina Tarantino Eyeliner

Three of my favorite shades include Cute Robot, an electric blue; Locket Book, a metallic brown; and Broken Doll, a soft pink.

Cute Robot is a blackened blue that makes brown eyes in particular stand out beautifully.Locket Book has golden tones and the metallic sheen is great for night looks. Broken Doll is so wonderful for the waterline! It makes my eyes look huge and I get a lot of wear time before it fades.

Tarina Tarantino Lip Gloss

I also love the Tarina Tarantino Gem Glosses in Carousel and Neon Vanity.

Carousel is a shimmery plum and Neon Vanity is a melon pink. These are wet glosses but they aren’t sticky at all. The lack of stickiness does effect the lasting power, but the shades are so beautiful and shiny I always have them in my purse.

Tarina Tarantino FOD

Tarina Tarantino FOD with Locket Book, Broken Doll, and Neon Vanitych for th

What they lack in longevity they make up for in shine and shades. I reach for them all the time.

Marcia swears by the Tarina Tarantino Jewel Palette in Magical.  She has reviewed it several times, in fact.  Here’s what she says:

Tarina Tarantino Jewel Palette in Magical

Tarina Tarantino Jewel Palette in Magical

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.

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!

Now that sounds like one magical eyeshadow palette!

How would you like to win one for yourself?  Our ‘magical’ TarinaTarantino giveaway is US only and open though July 20th at 11:59 PM EST. If the comments close early just email me at beautyinfozone@gmail.com with your comment and continue.  Good luck!!  – Lisa

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Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eye Shadow in Playa Del Pink

Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadow

Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadow

Cream eyeshadow past the age of 40 typically isn’t a good idea. Any bags or wrinkles are not only highlighted, they are amplified!  However, Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadow ($18) is an exception to the rule.

This creamy eyeshadow comes in a little glass jar.  Initially, you see the Argan-infused pigment resting on the bottom underneath coconut water. Shake it up, and the beautiful gleaming shade appears.  Josie Maran recently sent me the Playa Del Pink shade to test and it is stunning.

Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadows

The Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadow is definitely not a powder, not exactly a cream, not quite a gel…it has a feel and texture all its own. It applies quite wet and dries down quickly, obviously taking a little longer with a thicker application.  I love the versatility as it can be applied as a sheer wash or thicker for some opaque drama.

Since most creamy eyeshadows last for about an hour on me, I was completely surprised with the fantastic staying power of this unique eyeshadow.

It lasts all day with no creasing and minimal fading even without an eye primer.

Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadow in Playa Del Pink

Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadow in Playa Del Pink

I like the doe foot applicator and typically use it to apply the eyeshadow.  I use a finger to smooth and blend; some gentle tapping is all it takes.

Playa Del Pink

Playa Del Pink

Playa Del Pink is a metallic, bronzey pink that isn’t too frosty for my middle-aged eyes. In fact, it is downright glowy and is one of the few eyeshadows I will wear all by itself.

Wearing Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadow in Playa Del Pink

Wearing Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadow in Playa Del Pink

In the pics above I am wearing nothing but Playa Del Pink, along with Bobbi Brown Sepia Gel Eyeliner and Paula’s Choice Fantastic Lash Mascara. Well, I do have clothes on too, just in case you were wondering.

Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadow not only looks great on mature eyes, it even improves their appearance over time.

In consumer studies: 90% agree that eyelids appear smoother, 90% agree eyes look less crepey, 80% agree eyes feel more hydrated.

I adore my Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadow and am lusting after the other five shades, especially Bora Bora Bronze and Beach Sand.  Regardless of your age, this is a cream eyeshadow worth checking out.  – Lisa

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See Marcia’s review of Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadow in Rio de Rose Gold.

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INGREDIENTS: Aqua (Water)**, Glycerin**, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Juice**, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Pentylene Glycol, SD Alcohol 40-B**, Sodium Olivoyl/Cocoyl Amino Acids Fructoside, Propanediol, PVP, Lactic Acid**, Benzoic Acid**, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil*, Phenoxyethanol. May Contain: Mica (CI 77019)**, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)**, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)**, Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510).
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Gabriel Cosmetics knows eyeshadow!

Gabriel Smokey Shimmer Eyeshadow Trio

Gabriel Smokey Shimmer Eyeshadow Trio

I can’t resist eyeshadow — ever! When Gabriel Cosmetics offered to send one of their three eyeshadow trios it took me no time flat to say yes and to pick Smokey Shimmer. I may be old but I hope I’m never to old for a little bit of shimmer in my life.

Gabriel Cosmetics box

Gabriel Cosmetics box

The back of the Smokey Shimmer Trio from Gabriel Cosmetics tells a lot about what makes this company special

> Gluten Free – there’s a lot of talk about gluten in food but not enough in other types of products. If you really have Celiac Disease or others that prohibit gluten in your life then finding a product without gluten is very special.

> Cruelty Free – see that bunny? That means it’s certified to be a cruelty free product.

> 100% Vegan – not enough brands are like this

> Eco Friendly packaging – “PELASPAN™ BIO packaging peanuts are made from 100% biodegradable material. Vegetable starch. PELASPAN™ BIO is totally biodegradable without any risk of ground water contamination.

> Made in the USA

Gabriel Cosmetics Smokey Shimmer e/s trio

Gabriel Cosmetics Smokey Shimmer e/s trio

There are three eyeshadow trios available from Gabriel. Two are all matte (Classic which is a matte nude and Smokey which is a matte grey) and the one I have called Smokey Shimmer and is described as a grey shimmer. But when you look at my pictures you’ll see that there’s only one grey shade and that’s the only one that has shimmer to it.

This is one of the easiest trios to wear. I love wearing it together but I enjoy switching out the grey shadow for a fun brown from my collection too. I included this in my Top Ten Summer Beauty post this week because I know I could wear this a lot all summer and I’d happily pack it to go away for a weekend.

Gabriel Smokey Shimmer shades

Gabriel Smokey Shimmer shades

The shades are a baby soft pink that you can build up if you want. I have worn this as both a lid and brow shade. There is the teeniest amount of shimmer in it but you need a magnifying mirror to see it. The bottom shade is my favorite. It’s a tan with a touch of gold and has a satin finish. I love it for the way it brightens my eyes. I’m sure that’s the shade that will be used up first since I keep reaching for it. The middle shade is a grey that almost looks green in my pix. It’s the shimmer shade but it’s a grown up shimmer. It’s not chunky, it doesn’t have fall out.

under artificial light

under artificial light

in natural light

in natural light

The trio is called Smokey Shimmer because of this grey shade but if you look at my swatches you really don’t see shimmer. That’s a plus in my book. All three shades have an easy to blend texture and wear throughout the day without touch up. You can change up eyeliner colors to make this have different looks, making this $24.50 trio more versatile.

Gabriel Cosmetics are carried on their website as well as many health food stores. Whole Foods carries the line in stores as do similar markets. Now that you know about Gabriel Cosmetics beyond all the love that their lip products receive, it’s time to check out their eyeshadow trios. I hope they make additional trios in the future. Do you see this in your future? — Marcia

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Ellis Faas Concealer, Skin Veil Foundation, and Lights Eyeshadow review and swatches

Ellis Faas CosmeticsThe recent easy, breezy days with beautiful blooming lilac bushes have inspired me to do a summer look using Ellis Faas Cosmetics. Using my Ellis Faas stash is always total fun. I have a ball playing with the colors and feeling like a kid and an artist all rolled into one. The iconic bullet shaped pen applicators squeeze out color for mixing, playing, and experimenting. For those who prefer a traditional container, Ellis Faas has exactly what you want with their Foundation.

My look started with a few items that Ellis Faas sent us to test:  S204 Concealer, Skin Veil Foundation in S104L, and E301 Eyeshadow.

Ellis Faas S204 Concealer

Ellis Faas S204 Concealer

The Concealer ($40) is fantastic. You can either paint it on using the brush, or else pump some out onto a steel palette and use your own brush. It gives me terrific coverage that is natural looking and it doesn’t settle into fine lines. It covers my dark under eye circles and stays put all day. Love this. I also love this tip from Ellis Faas:  The secret to seamless concealer coverage lies in its relation to the foundation colour: darker skin demands more contrast between concealer and foundation, while lighter skin requires foundation and concealer that are more similar in colour.

Ellis Faas Foundation in S104L

Ellis Faas Foundation in S104L

Speaking of love….love love love the Skin Veil Foundation ($90)!! I have the bottle version, but the same foundation can be found is available in the Ellis Faas Pen for $65. Oh my goodness is this amazing. The creamy liquid foundation applies like a dream. It offers medium to full coverage and blends so beautifully…it really looks like your skin, only better. I actually like to apply this with my hands. I put two pumps into my palm, rubs my hands together, then smooth onto my face. It gives a truly flawless appearance. I can’t get over how much I love this foundation. My color is S104L, which is actually my summer shade when I am faux-tanning. It is great for medium skin. There are 8 shades available with great options for darker skin.

Ellis Faas E301

Ellis Faas E301

The Lights E301 Eyeshadow is one of the five dazzling ‘Light’ eyeshadows that offer a shimmery metallic effect.  Light E301 is a stunning silver that really opens the eye. I use this on the inner corner of the mobile lid for a great effect that is particularly terrific for deep-set eyes.

Beginning with these three winners from Ellis Faas, I built a perfect summery look. I started with the Skin Veil Foundation using my hands, followed by the Concealer in a scalene triangle shape under my eyes.

Ellis Faas Glow Up S503

Ellis Faas Glow Up S503

Next I added S304 Blush, which is a mulled wine shade that gives a great glow from within look, as well as Glow Up in S503 for a little bronzing.

Ellis Faas E106

Ellis Faas Creamy Eyes E106

Ellis Faas Eyeliner

Ellis Faas Eyeliner E502

For my eyes, I used Lights E301 Eyeshadow on the inside half of the mobile lid. Then I used Creamy Eyes E106, a lilac taupe (how perfect!) for the crease and outer corner; and Eyeliner E502 which is a milk chocolate shade.  I wish I had the Ellis Faas Mascara but I’m out…it’s my favorite mascara of all time.

Ellis Faas Hot Lips L408

Ellis Faas Hot Lips L408

I finished with Hot Lips 408, a baby pink, topped with a little Glazed Lips L309, a clear lip gloss – my holy grail clear lip gloss.

Ellis Faas summer eye look

Ellis Faas summer eye look

Lisa's Ellis Faas Summer FOD

Lisa’s Ellis Faas Summer FOD

Then I headed outside and took some pics with my favorite lilac bush. So so happy that summer is almost here!!

If you haven’t tried Ellis Faas Cosmetics yet, I really encourage you to do so. And if you have some Ellis Faas already, break it out and play!  – Lisa

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