Perfectly petite stocking stuffers from Pixi Beauty

Stocking stuffers from Pixi!

Stocking stuffers from Pixi!

No trip to Target is complete without a major cosmetics aisle haul of Pixi Beauty.  I love that Target has testers, and the super cute size of the new items and kits that Pixi sent us make them absolutely perfect stocking stuffers!

Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm Trio

Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm Trio

I am a huge, huge fan of the Pixi Beauty Shea Butter Lip Balms.  I keep the Comfort Clear next to my bed, and I have one of the tinted balms in my purse at all times.  I let my mom use my Ripe Raspberry when her lips felt dry, and she wouldn’t even give it back to me!  The Shea Butter Lip Balm Trio ($16) includes three shades:  Comfort Clear, Honey Nectar, and Ripe Raspberry.  Be sure to pick up one of these shea butter and vitamin E infused lip balm trios for yourself, too.

Pixi Concealing Concentrate in Adaptable Beige

Pixi Concealing Concentrate in Adaptable Beige

Pixi Concealing Concentrate ($12) may look tiny, but it packs a big concealing punch!  This waterproof concealer is highly pigmented so it covers all sorts of skin sins.  The jar opening is small, but it keeps me from the temptation of using my finger.  A concealer brush easily grabs all you need – and you don’t need much – to conceal the after-effects of all that holiday partying.

Pixi Quick Fix Powder in Translucid

Pixi Quick Fix Powder in Translucid

Isn’t this loose powder absolutely adorable??  The Pixi Quick Fix Powder in Translucid ($20) works for all but the darkest skin tones to finish makeup and buff away shine.  The application sponge and the mirror on the top of the lid make this a fantastic way to powder your nose on the go.

Pixi Nail Polish, left to right:  Almond Glow, Crystal Champagne, Nude Dazzle

Pixi Nail Polish, left to right: Almond Glow, Crystal Champagne, Nude Dazzle

Marcia raves about Pixi nail polishes and for good reason.  These $8 polishes are the perfect size, not so big they go bad before you have a chance to use all the polish.  They come in fabulous shades and are chip resistant so manicures and pedicures last. The 3-free polishes even have built-in UV protection to prevent discoloration. Three great shades to put in any stocking are Almond Glow, a nude with subtle pink shimmer; Crystal Champagne, a festive multi-faceted rose gold shimmer; and Nude Dazzle, a light metallic nude.

Pixi Fairy Dust Favourites

Pixi Fairy Dust Favourites

Pixi Fairy Dust Favourites ($12) is a single stack of five loose powder highlighter/eyeshadows.  Each screw top lid is also the container for the color above, so it’s not something you can separate into five different gifts.  No worries, the colors are complimentary and all work great together.  They are beautiful eyeshadows that can be deepened with a mixing medium.  Fairy Dust also makes an awesome cheek highlighter.  The lighter shades give skin a beautiful glow when mixed with body lotion, and they make lips look lush when patted over lipstick.  The stack contains Fairy Dust in Snow Sparkle, a glimmering white; Gold Dust, a candlelit gold-nude shimmer; Brightening Bare, a medium nude sheen; Mocha Magic, a warm tan shimmer; and Copper Sheen, a rich metallic copper.

Any one of these petite pretties will perk up a stocking…get them all for a truly sublime stocking experience!  You can find them at Target or online at Pixi Beauty. – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Eddie Funkhouser 12 Days of Giveaways – we’re day 4!!

Eddie Funkhouser  Hyperreal Eyeshadows

Eddie Funkhouser Hyperreal Eyeshadows

See those 6 eyeshadows? Those were sent by Eddie Funkhouser as the day 4 prize in his 12 days of giveaways. I am so excited that Beauty Info Zone was chosen to be one of 11 bloggers that get to participate in this great event. Eddie and I go way back, well as far back as the day he opened his online shop. We are sort of going steady but I know I’m just one of his fan girls. And there’s a lot to be a fan of. It was a surprise to me what they’d send for our giveaway and when I opened the package of 6 eyeshadows I was in heaven!! If you win you’ll also be able to get all 6 of these sent from EF.

Let me play show and tell. HYPPERREAL EYESHADOWS are wonderfully silky shadows. There are 12 altogether ($8.49) and they are sold on the Eddie Funkhouser website as well as at Dermstore/Blush, Urban Outfitters, Nasty Girl and Gloss48. (I tend to buy from Dermstore since it’s free shipping.) Eddie Funkhouser eyeshadows are cruelty free.  The finishes go from matte to satin, if colors are called shimmering they have teeny shimmer to them, nothing obvious.

SPANISH HARLEM is a shimmering maroon. Now you have probably heard that Pantone’s color of the year is Marsala but Eddie was ahead of the game when he created this dark marsala shade.

Eddie Funkhouser Spanish Harlem

Eddie Funkhouser Spanish Harlem

Eddie Funkhouser Spanish Harlem

Eddie Funkhouser Spanish Harlem

DREAMCATCHER is a beautiful pastel pink. I love a pink and brown or pink and plum combination.

Eddie Funkhouser Dreamcatcher

Eddie Funkhouser Dreamcatcher

Eddie Funkhouser Dreamcatcher

Eddie Funkhouser Dreamcatcher

ALL NIGHTER is a smoky midnight blue. My individual picture makes it look much brighter than it is but my swatch is right on target. It’s different than the blues you have in your collection. It’s not a navy but it’s very dark and smoldering.

Eddie Funkhouser All Nighter

Eddie Funkhouser All Nighter

Eddie Funkhouser All Nighter

Eddie Funkhouser All Nighter

Eddie Funkhouser Spanish Harlem, Dream Catcher and All Nighter

Eddie Funkhouser Spanish Harlem, Dream Catcher and All Nighter

STAGE BEAUTY is a beautiful metallic copper. My photo shows it more brown but it’s definitely a copper with a little bit of golden sparkle.

Eddie Funkhouser Stage Beauty

Eddie Funkhouser Stage Beauty

Eddie Funkhouser Stage Beauty

Eddie Funkhouser Stage Beauty

LAVENDER SKY is a whisper soft iridescent pastel lavender. Here’s Lisa’s review that includes great photos of it. This is a beautiful lid or highlighter color. It’s great with several of the other shadows in this collection.

Eddie Funkhouser Lavender Sky

Eddie Funkhouser Lavender Sky

Eddie Funkhouser Lavender Sky

Eddie Funkhouser Lavender Sky

FEMME FATALE is the only matte in this group. It’s called an Onyx shade, it looks like Charcoal on me. Great for a very smoky eye or eyeliner. Great with Lavender Sky or Dreamcatcher.

Eddie Funkhouser Femme Fatale

Eddie Funkhouser Femme Fatale

Eddie Funkhouser Femme Fatale

Eddie Funkhouser Femme Fatale

Eddie Funkhouser Stage Beauty, Lavender Sky and Femme Fatale

Eddie Funkhouser Stage Beauty, Lavender Sky and Femme Fatale

We are happy to present you with this giveaway. You can see ALL 12 DAYS OF EDDIE FUNKHOUSER GIVEAWAYS here. Each giveaway starts on a new day (we’re day 4) and lasts for a week. Visit and enter them all!! Our Rafflecopter giveaway ends at 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday December 15, 2014 and is open internationally. Prizes are sent from the company, they will try to have them out before Christmas but there’s no guarantee. No matter when you get them, you’re going to love them. You’ll surely become an Eddie Funkhouser Fangirl but he’s still mine!! — Marcia

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*products and prize are from PR

INGREDIENT LIST: Talc, Mica, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Octylcodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Zinc Stearate, Silica, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sorbic Acid. May Contain: Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Black 2 (Ci 77266), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Carmine (Ci 75470).

Holiday gift guide for the Glam Girl!

Beauty Info Zones Glam Holiday Gift GuideShe loves pretty packaging, big lashes, the latest trends, and large price tags.  So what to buy her for the holidays??  Go big or go home with these glamorous gift options, all BIZ tested and approved!

Onsen Tenseless Cream

1.  Onsen Tenseless Cream ($400):  When only the best will do, go for this amazing moisturizing cream.  It’s perfect for nighttime, giving 8 full hours of relaxation to facial muscles – which means that beauty sleep really results in beauty!  I am happy with my skin every morning when I use this awesome night moisturizing cream.  Available at www.onsensecret.com

Chella Lash FullFillment Kit

2.  Chella Full-Fillment Lashes Kit ($95)  The perfect kit for building beautiful eyes.  It has everything needed for luscious lashes:  a 6 mL tube of Chella Lash Full-Fillment Eyelash Treatment, Chella Anti-Fatigue Eye Mask Kit, and a sample of Chella Eye Cream packaged neatly in a  custom tri-fold Chella Eyebrow Organizer. The Organizer has 8 individual pockets, plenty of room for the Chella items plus more.

Esqido Little Black Lash and Voila Lash

3.  Esqido Mink Lashes ($34-$42):  These gorgeous mink lashes not only look amazing, they also last through up to 25 uses!  For subtle glam, go with Little Black Lashes.  For lots of oomph, go with Voila Lash.  I have zero talent when it comes to applying falsies, but these are so easy to use I reach for them whenever I want instant lash gratification.  Available on www.esqido.com

Nudestix 2

4.  Nudestix:  Innovative packaging and on-trend colors make this line a winner for any glam-loving girl.  The effortless nude shades perfectly compliment those dramatic lashes with the Concealer Pencil ($24), Mascara ($24), and Magnetic Eye Color in Twilight ($24).  Available at www.urbanoutfitters.com and in Urban Outfitters stores

Guess Seductive 2

5.  Guess Seductive ($22):  Besides the wonderful packaging with the heart charm, this sweetly seductive scent features bergamot, pear, jasmine, african orange flower and vanilla.  It’s a creamy, fruity/floral scent that works for everyone from teens to cougars.  Your giftee can raise some temperatures (and who knows what else?) with this sexy scent.

Rituals Happy Mist and Good Luck Scrub

6.   Good Luck Scrub ($29) and Rituals Happy Mist ($25):  The perfect duo for any glam girl’s great night’s sleep!  Rituals Good Luck Scrub is certainly lucky, with a winning combination of organic sugar, safflower, avocado, sweet almond, macadamia, jojoba, and sunflower seed oils.  The scent is gorgeous – sweet orange and cedar.  It leaves skin super soft and smooth, ready to climb into soft linens gently scented with Rituals Happy Mist.  Oh, this bed and body mist will make even the most discriminating gal extremely happy.  Orange and yuzu beautifully refresh linens, and because it’s cosmetic grade it can be used as a body mist as well.  It’s a great way to get happy between the sheets!

Black Friday is approaching, and the holidays will be here before you know it.  Get your shopping done early with these pretty, sexy, and trendy options for the glam-loving girl on your list.  Shopping for someone who loves practical beauty options?  Check out my Ten holiday gift ideas for the practical fashionista right HERE!  – Lisa

*items reviewed sent for editorial consideration

Ten holiday gift ideas for the practical fashionista!

Beauty Info Zones Practical Holiday Gift Guide
Pretty things are great, but sometimes function is more important.  Here are some awesome stocking stuffers, Hanukkah gifts, and holiday gifts that are BIZ tested and recommended!  Any one of these options will look fabulous all wrapped up and are sure to become staples items for your down to earth, practical-minded giftee.

Natracare Makeup Remover Cloths

1.  Natracare Organic Cleansing Makeup Removal Wipes ($7.49):  These are some of the softest, gentlest makeup remover wipes I’ve tried.  They are more on the ‘wet’ side, and while they remove makeup and dirt they don’t irritate the skin.  Available at drugstore.com, Walgreens.com, and Amazon.com.

Coast to Coast Soothing Aqua Serum 2

2.  Coast to Coast Soothing Aqua Serum ($40):  This is a beautiful serum that leaves skin moist, plump, and healthy.  It is a particularly excellent gift for those who do a lot of traveling – awesome for a little lift on the plane while flying from coast to coast!  You can find this at Ulta.com.

The Magic Pads

3.  The Magic Pads ($19.95):  How about some magic under the tree?  These skin treatment pads have wonderful ingredients including glycolic acid, organic willow bark, hyaluronic acid, and vitamin E in an organic aloe vera juice base. The Magic Pads clear up blemishes, shrink the appearance of pores, and exfoliate skin all in one swipe.  You can find these at www.themagicpads.com

Mad Hippie Eye Cream 2

4.  Mad Hippie Eye Cream ($24.99):  Perfect for the non-traditionalist on your list, this eye cream features a slew of peptides and antioxidants in a truly elegant formulation.  The packaging is beyond cute, and this is an eye cream that really delivers.  Available at www.madhippie.com

Strivectin Tightening Neck Cream

5.  Strivectin TL Advanced™ Tightening Neck Cream ($95):  I slather this on every morning and every night and I am loving the results!  The neck and decolletage show age more quickly than any other body part, and this beautiful thick cream is just what is needed to keep that delicate area moisturized and free of crepey skin – plus it rebuilds elastin fibers.  Available at StriVectin.com

Le Beurre Shea Butter Body Cream 2

6.  Le Beurre Shea Butter Body Cream (8 oz. $22):  This shea butter cream feels like luxury, but it’s a major workhorse for dry winter skin.  It melts right in, making skin super happy with grapeseed, jojoba, and vitamin E.  Choose from five beautiful scents, including Lavender, Vanilla, Lemongrass, Sage and Unscented. Available at www.lebeurreshop.com (pick up a Shea Butter Lip Balm while you are there!)

Scala Rain Hat

7.  Scala Collezione Rain Hat ($25):  Talk about fashionable and functional!  This jaunty rain hat is a truly perfect holiday gift that will be hugely appreciated. LW281 is one of Scala’s best-selling rain hats, and is available in black, charcoal, wine and khaki.  Made of nylon, it protects your hairdo while looking pretty darn awesome. Get yourself one while you are at it!

Mally Citychick Smokey Eye Kit 2

8.  Mally City Chick Smokey Eye Kit ($40):  Now here is a perfect eyeshadow palette for any chick, city or rural.  There are ten different color combinations from which to choose.  Every combo of creamy eyeshadows has wonderful neutral shades that are both beautiful and practical.  Available at www.mallybeauty.com

Priti neutrals 5

9.  Priti Nail Polish neutrals ($15 each):  What is a great practical stocking stuffer?  Some fabulous neutral nail polish.  My pick is Priti Nail Polish, particularly the shades Ginger Snap Orchid, opaque light creamy nude, Nodding Lilac, opaque soft lilac, and Moss Campion, opaque creamy light taupe.  Available at www.pritinyc.com

Dove White Beauty Bar

10.  Dove White Beauty Bar ($5.00):  You can’t go wrong with this classic!  What a great stocking stuffer.  People swear by this bar soap that removes makeup without stripping the skin.

Stay tuned for more great holiday gift guides, including a list of fabulous finds for the glam girl on your list!  – Lisa

*items sent for editorial 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.

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#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)

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#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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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

The Beauty Spotlight Team celebrates Perilously Pale’s eyeshadows

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Christa from Perilously Pale is a bit of an eyeshadow addict. She loves the variety of shades and finishes available and the endless creativity you can express through eye makeup. She finds herself wanting every variation of her favorite shades and is excited to share with us her Khaki Eyeshadow Collection complete with swatches of all the shades.

Wild Child and Jetsetter: Pur Minerals Perfect Fit Eye Shadow Trios

So are you a cool eyeshadow person or a warm eyeshadow person?  Whichever you prefer, I’ll bet that Pur Minerals has an eyeshadow trio perfect for you.

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Recently, Pur Minerals sent me two of their Perfect Fit Eye Shadow Trios ($26) to test.  I have neutral skin and I wear both warm and cool colors, so it was great to try both sides of the color world.

Pur Minerals Eyeshadow Trios

Pur Minerals Perfect Fit Eyeshadow Trios

I love the effortlessness (is that a word?) of these trios.  The eyeshadows are creamy and blendable.  Pigmentation is really nice, and the colors stay true for hours without creasing.

Interestingly, Pur Minerals bills these trios as skin care because they have ‘built-in firming ingredients and light-diffusing mineral spheres’ that continue to condition the skin after application.  They certainly are moisturizing to the lids thanks to the Meadowfoam Seed Oil, and they don’t exacerbate the wrinkled appearance of crepey eyelids.

The shade combinations are absolutely perfect for my preferred eyeshadow application technique, which the uber-talented Olivia from Into the Palette details beautifully IN THIS POST.

Pur Minerals Wild Child

Pur Minerals Wild Child

Wild Child swatches

Wild Child swatches

The Wild Child trio is a great cool toned combo.  The cream shade is not too cool, so it makes for a terrific lid and highlighter color that isn’t too bright.  I love the complexity of the pearlescent pinky-lilac medium shade, and the deep grape shade has just a tiny bit of shimmer.

Pur Minerals Jetsetter

Pur Minerals Jetsetter

Pur Minerals Jetsetter swatches

Pur Minerals Jetsetter swatches

Jetsetter is just plain dreamy.  The dark brown is the perfect intensity so it’s not too harsh for daytime.  I love the glowy light peach shade, and check out that medium shimmery gold – gorgeous!!

There are nine different trios available, so even if these two color combos aren’t your style I am sure you will find one that is! These fun and functional eyeshadow trios are definitely worth a look.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Ingredients:  Mica, Boron Nitride, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Zinc Stearate, Silica, Magnesium Carbonate, Aqua, Glycerin, Lauryl Methacrylate/Glycol Dimethacrylate Crosspolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Dicaprylyl Ether, Polysorbate 20, Pisum Sativum (Pea) Extract, Sorbic Acid, Algae Extract, Xanthan Gum, Polyglyceryl-2, Dipolyhydroxystearate. May Contain: Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Blue 1 (CI 42090), Red 40 (CI 16035), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Chromium Oxide Green (CI 77288), Chromium Hydroxide Green (CI 77289), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Black 2 (CI 77266), Carmine (CI 75470). Contains Carmine as a color additive.