October is really the most magical month of the year because you can make it the way you want it. It can be sweet and sassy, it can be monstrous, it can be spooky or it can be a perfectly beautiful fall month. You make it be what you want it to be. Pixi Beauty sent over some of their October offerings and I find a little of everything in these selections – sweet, spooky, and fallish.
First is a Pixi Beauty Super Smoky Crayon Combo. This is a double ended pencil with one side meant for lining and the other defining. The Line end is thinner and pointier. If you’ve never tried Pixi Beauty pencils you are totally missing out on something fabulous in the world of pencil eyeliners. I’ve bought many including sets of them. This is my first one that’s double ended and meant to be worn two ways. The Line end, a matte black, is for your upper lash line while the thicker charcoal Define end is for blending into your lower lashline as well as into the crease to contour.It’s a great charcoal with a luminous finish. Using the pencil this way would be for my spooky aka Smoky eye. The pencil is waterproof, hypoallergenic and like most Pixi products has no preservatives or mineral oil.
Keeping on the Spooky track for October, or any month, chose the Pixi Beauty Polish in Matte Black. What’s great about a matte black polish is that it can be used in many ways – nail art, matte polish, or top it with a shiny top coat and have a shiny black. A gorgeous manicure is to use this Matte Black polish on your nails and then do the tips only (like a French manicure) with a shiny clear top coat. It’s both dressy like a black tie party and attention getting for daily wear. The polish is thick and you could get away with one coat if you wanted. Pixi polishes wear well on me since I find them to be chip resistant. Plus there’s a built in UV protection to prevent discoloration. Pixi makes their polishes 3 Free (Toluene, Formaldehyde and DBP free) ($8).
For the sweet and sassy I’d look into Pixi’s Fairy Dust. For October they are featuring Snow Sparkle Fairy Dust ($10). This has a luminous glow to it. It looks like there’s a touch of lavender in the bottle but what appears on the eye or cheeks is a subtle platinum. It isn’t glitter but it is pure shimmer. Use this on the inner corners of your eyes and/or on the lid. You can also dust this along your browbone for an uplift to your eyes or even over your lips to create a glow. Since it’s not glitter it feels smooth on your lips, not crunchy.
A fabulous choice for your lips is a true fall shade – Tinted Brilliance Balm in Soft Sienna. I’m a huge fan of crayon lip products and Pixi Beauty knows how to do them right. Their lip balm crayons ($14) are glossy, moisturizing and hydrating. Soft Sienna is a beautiful shade for the season since it has a touch of brown, a touch of red and a touch of coral. But it’s not too much of any of those shades, it’s just a brilliant combination that makes an easy to wear and unique color. This has a slight fragrance that reminds me of peaches. I like a subtle shade on my lips so Soft Sienna hits the jackpot for me.
Pixi Beauty used these products on the runway in a spring 2015 look they called their Futuristic Fall Face. Eyes used both the Super Smoky Crayon Combo and Fairy Dust in Snow Sparkle – black and white and luminous glow. The lips in Soft Sienna added a perfect pop of color for the white items that were featured with the look.
Make October your month to be whatever you want to be. Don’t be stuck in orange and black – change those up to sienna and charcoal to lead the way. — Marcia
*items sent for editorial consideration, products can be found at some Target stores and on Pixi’s website
Please excuse unedited pictures, at the moment I only have an old iPhone to get photographs
Many lines come out with holiday sets, but I think I look forward to tarte’s more than any other. I have beautiful sets from years ago that I still use…they definitely stand the test of time. Tarte recently sent us the away oui go portable palette and collector’s set ($48, a $410 value) and it does not disappoint!
Away oui go is a limited edition set that is an Ulta exclusive. It’s one of the sets available in the new Sweet Dreams Holiday Collection. It includes:
- four removable eye and cheek palettes with a total of 16 full-sized Amazonian Clay eye shadows and four full-sized Amazonian Clay 12-Hour blushes
- three deluxe sized Maracuja lip glosses
- a deluxe lights, camera, lashes mascara
- teal fabric stitched with pearls collector’s compact that holds the removable palettes
The lights, camera, lashes mascara is a staple for me. It gives great volume and length and doesn’t smudge. I love it. The lip glosses come in three shades: Nice, a creme mauve; Cannes, a shimmery pink; and Paris, a creme raspberry.
They are typical tarte lip glosses that are just slightly sticky and nicely glossy, although the applicator is different. The brush is beyond stiff – it’s frozen. I’ve had other lip glosses with a brush that started off that way, but if you bent it the bristles released. These don’t. It’s interesting, and I am not sure if I am a fan or not.
I adore the compact. It’s very vintage looking and the palettes fit in it just perfectly. It also has a nice mirror inside, so this really is a great item for travel. I am actually storing the box the set comes in and leaving the palette on my vanity, switching the palettes out every few days.
The eyeshadows are all beautiful, with a great selection of shades and variety of finishes in each palette. I think my favorite palette is the one with the intrigue blush. I have always adored tarte blushes, so four eyeshadows and a full-sized blush makes my knees weak.
Eyeshadows: macarons for you is a matte light pinky- brown; champagne & chocolat is a shimmery champagne brown; kisses under the Arc is a shimmery copper/pink; art in Montmartre is a bronze shimmer. Blush: envisioned is a shimmery light peach.
Eyeshadows: private chateau is a matte vanilla, café for crème brûlée is a matte golden brown, tea for two is a warm shimmery brown, marvel at the Mona Lisa is a matte chocolate-brown. Blush: irresistible is a matte light pink.
Eyeshadows: snow Angels in the parc is a light shimmery gold, navigating the Metro is a medium shimmery taupe, midnight stroll is a dark plum with a tiny bit of shimmer, liaison at the Louvre is a matte deep reddish-brown. Blush: intrigue is a medium matte pink.
Eyeshadows: Champs-Élysées shopping is a matte clay, stargazing on the Seine is a shimmery light golden brown, Eiffel Tower engagement is a matte greige, secret soiree is a dark shimmery plum. Blush: limitless is a shimmery medium peachy-pink.
By the way, did you notice that sells for $48, but it’s a $410 value? My prediction is these won’t last long. Get to Ulta and get one for yourself and one for a holiday gift. It is totally worth it. – Lisa
*sent for editorial consideration
The best drugstore score I’ve made lately is the Physician’s Formula Shimmer Strips Nude Eyes. This eyeshadow palette has 9 strips of shimmery eyeshadow that can be grouped into three separate families (Natural, Playful, and Dramatic) with the darker shadow for lining, the medium shade for the lid, and the lighter shade for highlighting the brow. However, I play around and use any of the shades as they are all complimentary neutrals.
I’ve seen prices for this palette ranging from $5.99 to $10.99. Even the most expensive price is an awesome deal for nine eyeshadows, and there isn’t a dud shade in the bunch.
Such cute packaging, the black lace overlay is adorable.
The eyeshadows are a mix of cool and warm nude shades. I am not sure why, but the size of the strips vary – the skinny strips, which are the darker ‘liner’ shades, are a bit of a challenge for fitting in your makeup brush.
I have found there are two things to do to make this wonderfully affordable palette perform like a high-end palette:
1. Use an eyeshadow primer. My all time favorite is Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy ($7) but this can only be found online.
I also really like Kryolan Eyeshadow Primer ($17.30).
Without a primer, the colors are all very, very soft – far too subtle for any look. But with a primer, the colors come to life and are truly gorgeous.
2. Use a sponge tip eyeshadow brush for application. Blend the eyeshadow out with any brush you’d like, but to initially pack on the color a sponge tip is by far the best way to go. My favorite is the Make Up For Ever 222 brush ($13).
With a primer and a sponge tip applicator, the Physician’s Formula Shimmer Strips Nude Eyes performs just as well as my Urban Decay Naked2 Palette.
The next time you are at the drugstore looking for a quality, inexpensive cosmetic pick-me-up, keep this fantastic palette in mind. You won’t find a better score than this! – Lisa
Last week I reviewed (and gushed over) the Eddie Funkhouser line. I loved the lipstick, lip gloss, blush, and eyeshadow so much I decided to try to steal Marcia’s online boyfriend from her. Today, I am reviewing the HYPERREAL EYE COLOR PALETTE in Bedroom Eyes ($14.99) that Eddie sent. This buttery smooth eyeshadow palette takes eyes from coy to sassy to demure…and then right to risque. It’s a perfect addition to my homewrecking ways.
The Bedroom Eyes Palette is a collection of four cool-toned eyeshadows featuring pink and purple toned shadows. Formulas go from frost to matte, so there is something for every mood. The pigmentation is wonderfully intense and all four shadows blend beautifully.
Coy is a shimmering frost white. Yes, this is a frost, but it isn’t frosty on. It’s not too bright to work as a brow shade, and it looks awesome as a lid shade. It also really opens the eyes when used in the inside right corner. Next is Sassy, a shimmering lavender rose. This gorgeous neutral is actually more pearlescent than shimmery, and it will take you anywhere from the boardroom to the bedroom. Demure is a pearlescent smoky grape, and holy smokes it is stunning. What a versatile shade…I think this is my favorite of them all. Risque is a matte smoky taupe that has a silky texture. I love this in the crease over top of Demure.
After 15 hours of wear, the colors still look vibrant with no creasing at all. Astounding.
Eddie Funkhouser Hyperreal Eye Color Palette in Bedroom Eyes is a flipping fantastic eyeshadow palette. Every day I am more impressed with the texture and wear of the eyeshadows, the versatility of the shades, and the affordability – four full size eyeshadows for about $15? It would be sheer insanity to not add this to your collection. You can find Eddie at his online store, Rite Aid, Urban Outfitters, and Dermstore. And don’t forget, you have a direct line to communicating with Eddie at #ASKEDDIE. – Lisa
*sent for editorial consideration
I think I am a homewrecker. My blogging partner Marcia has been having this love affair with Eddie Funkhouser. I love her dearly…but I am out to steal her boyfriend.
I cried and whined until I finally guilted Marcia into letting me test the latest PR samples from the Eddie Funkhouser Cosmetics line. After reading all of her rave reviews of his products, I couldn’t wait to try some out…and let me tell you, girls, Eddie does not disappoint.
Chromographic Lip Color ($11.99): the Chromographic Lip Color is a creamy, easy to wear lipstick that has light reflecting particles which make my on-the-thin-side lips look a little bigger. The formula is very lip friendly with flower and mango fruit extracts and Vitamins C & E. I can wear this all day without any lipstick migration or dryness.
Epic is a stunning magenta rose that looks bright, but it’s actually a rather natural and very wearable shade. It has excellent pigmentation but doesn’t feel heavy on, and the color really lasts.
Hyperreal Hydrating Lip Gloss ($10.99): This is a thin, non-sticky lip gloss that definitely packs a color punch. I love how it feels on; in fact I keep it right next to my computer at work so I always have it handy. Aloe Vera keeps lips moist, and vitamins A, C, and E keep lips healthy.
Publicity Stunt is a flattering grape shade that is great both alone and over lip pencil or lipstick. Since the formula is on the thin side, I found it’s best to wipe the doe foot applicator against the rim of the tube as I pull it out to make sure I don’t apply too much gloss at one time.
Ultra Intensity Cheek Color ($8.99): This is one pigmented blush – and just look at that price! I can’t get over it, because this blush looks and acts like a high-end product. Ultra Intensity Cheek Color is soft and creamy for a powder, and it goes like a dream.
Plum Crazy is a matte pale plum that is perfect for fall. I use just a light dusting on cheeks for a natural look, or layered for more drama.
Eddie Funkhouser® Hyperreal Eye Colors ($8.49): Made with premium micro-milled pigments, Eddie’s eyeshadow is just what I am looking for. Buttery texture, terrific color payoff, and supreme blendability – plus it lasts all day without fading.
Lavender Sky is a stunning iridescent pastel lavender that I use as a lid shade to make my brown eyes pop. I tried to get a photo that would show the beautiful complexity of this shadow, but nothing really did it justice. This is so beautiful you really need to see it in person.
Eddie Funkhouser is a super talented makeup artist and his cosmetics line is truly impressive. Every one of these extremely affordable products is top-notch, professional quality stuff. You can find Eddie at his online store, Rite Aid, Urban Outfitters, and Dermstore. He may be Marcia’s boyfriend, but there is plenty of Eddie to go around for all of us! – Lisa
P.S. – you can talk to Eddie yourself! Just #ASKEDDIE
*sent for editorial consideration and a major arm-wrestling match between Lisa and Marcia
Whether you or your kids are going back to school or off to college, it’s the perfect time of year to find deals on essential beauty products. The Meijer Beauty team challenged me to find my top back-to-school picks, and it was gratifying to see my must-have bath, body and color items with wonderful prices. Considering I work in a high school and have kids in both college and middle school, I am all about finding the best products at the right price. Drumroll please…my top ten recommendations for essential (and budget friendly) back-to-school products.
1. J.R. Watkins Foaming Hand Soap ($4.99, I got it at Meijer for $4.49) The reason I first bought this hand soap was for the awesome vintage label. The reason I keep buying it? It’s excellent foaming hand soap, especially for the price. The soap in public buildings like schools is usually pretty rough stuff, I wash my hands all the time. My solution is to bring my own. I keep this soap in my office, and it would fit nicely into a locker. I like the Aloe and Green Tea scent as a real mood enhancer to help get the school year off right.
2. I love…Coconut & Cream Bubble Bath and Shower Cream ($7.29) This British brand is soooo good…doesn’t the packaging look like the Philosophy bottles? I actually prefer the I love… brand, and it is so much more affordable. I start my day with a shower then end it with a bubble bath, and the Coconut & Cream scent takes me right back onto vacation.
3. Goody 50 piece Ouchless No Metal Elastics ($2.19, but I got mine at Meijer for $1.10!) The perfect way to hide morning bedhead is with a ponytail or bun…and these Ouchless Elastics don’t snag, pull, or break hair strands.
4. Nivea Lip Butter in Caramel Cream Kiss ($3.99) This super cute lip butter has only been available in the U.S. for about a year, and I am so happy it’s easily found now! It has great slip and keeps lips soft and moist, plus it tastes like caramel toffee. Yum.
5. Meijer Hand Sanitizer ($1.19) This is simply a must-have for purses and backpacks. You never know who was sitting in that desk or what nose they were picking…eewwwwww.
6. Cover Girl Bombshell Volume by Lashblast Mascara ($9.39) I think this is the best drugstore mascara out there. One end is the base coat, which gives definition and length perfect for casual days. When I want more oomph – and I mean fantastic oomph – I use the other end, the intensifying top coat. This side darkens lashes and provides mega-drama without any flakes or smearing.
7. Physician’s Formula Nude Eyes ($9.99, but I got mine at Meijer for an incredible $6.99) I am loving neutral, nude eyes with berry cheeks for the fall, and this nude eyeshadow palette is to die for. Is it reminding you of the Urban Decay Naked2 palette? Yup, me too, but this is way cheaper with the same quality. Use these shadows dry or wet for more intensity, and keep the palette sitting out because the packaging is stunning.
8. Maybelline Hi-Lighting Blush in Pink Rose ($8.29) Just check out the gorgeousness of this mosaic highlighter/blush. The soft, creamy shades can be used alone, but I like to swirl a big brush over the whole thing for a beautiful berry glow on my cheeks.
9 and 10. Nicole by OPI Nail Polish in Sing You Like a Bee and Cocoa a Gogo ($5.99 each) Going back to school is an awesome reason to treat yourself to a manicure and a pedicure, and these two shades are perfect for a nude and berry combo.
Sing You Like a Bee is from the Carrie Underwood collection. This is a gorgeous sheer white with golden shimmers. It is a beautiful shimmery nude look by itself, and it makes a perfect top layer over pretty much any color.
Cocoa a Gogo is a shimmery chocolate-brown that I love for pedicures…and it is the perfect color for transitioning into cool days and cozy nights by the fire. Even better, it smells like cinnamon!
Not only are these ten products essentials, it also costs less than $55 to purchase them all at Meijer. Get your style on for back to school and save money too!
Be sure to check out MeijerStyle.com the last week in August for a post with links to lots of blogger Back-to-School articles – one lucky person who comments on the MeijerStyle.com post will receive a gift basket of Back-to-School/Back-to-College products. – Lisa
*products reviewed courtesty of Meijer, opinions and selection of items all my own!