Drugstore score: Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Nude Eyes Palette

Physician's Formula Nude Eyes

Physician’s Formula Shimmer Strips Nude Eyes

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.

Physician's Formula Nude Eyes

Physician’s Formula Nude Eyes

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.

Nude Eyes - gorgeous.

Physician’s Formula Nude Eyes – gorgeous.

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.

Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy

Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy

I also really like Kryolan Eyeshadow Primer ($17.30).

Kryolan Eyeshadow Primer

Kryolan Eyeshadow Primer

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).

Make Up For Ever 222 Sponge Applicator Brush

Make Up For Ever 222 Sponge Applicator Brush

The 222 sponge tip

The 222 sponge tip

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.

Nude Eyes swatched

Physician’s Formula Nude Eyes swatched

Nude Eyes swatched

Physician’s Formula Nude Eyes swatched

Nude Eyes swatched

Physician’s Formula Nude Eyes swatched

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

Nude Eyes

Nude Eyes drugstore score!

Eddie Funkhouser Bedroom Eyes Hyperreal Eye Color Palette review and swatches

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.

Eddie Funkhouser Bedroom Eyes

Eddie Funkhouser Bedroom Eyes

Bedroom Eyes Palette

Bedroom Eyes Palette, top row:  Sassy, Risque  Bottom row:  Coy, Demure

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.

Bedroom Eyes left to right:    Coy, Sassy, Demure, Risque

Bedroom Eyes left to right: Coy, Sassy, Demure, Risque

Bedroom Eyes swatches left to right:  Coy, Sassy, Demure, Risque

Bedroom Eyes swatches indirect lighting left to right: Coy, Sassy, Demure, Risque

Bedroom Eyes Palette swatches, left to right:  Coy, Sassy, Demure, Risque

Bedroom Eyes Palette direct lighting swatches, left to right: Coy, Sassy, Demure, Risque

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

Bedroom Eyes will get you anything you want!

Bedroom Eyes will get you anything you want!

Stealing Marcia’s boyfriend…Eddie Funkhouser lips, cheeks, and eyes

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.

The amazing Eddie Funkhouser

The amazing Eddie Funkhouser

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.  

Eddie Funkhouser Epic Lipstick

Eddie Funkhouser Epic Lipstick

Eddie Funkhouser Epic Lipstick

Eddie Funkhouser Epic Lipstick

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.

Eddie Funkhouser Publicity Stunt Lip Gloss

Eddie Funkhouser Publicity Stunt Lip Gloss

Eddie Funkhouser Publicity Stunt Lip Gloss

Eddie Funkhouser Publicity Stunt Lip Gloss

Eddie Funkhouser Publicity Stunt Lip Gloss

Eddie Funkhouser Publicity Stunt Lip Gloss

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.

Eddie Funkhouser Plum Crazy Ultra Intensity Cheek Color

Eddie Funkhouser Plum Crazy Ultra Intensity Cheek Color

Eddie Funkhouser Plum Crazy Ultra Intensity Cheek Color

Eddie Funkhouser Plum Crazy Ultra Intensity Cheek Color

Eddie Funkhouser Plum Crazy Ultra Intensity Cheek Color

Eddie Funkhouser Plum Crazy Ultra Intensity Cheek Color

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.

Eddie Funkhouser Hyperreal Eye Color in Lavender Sky

Eddie Funkhouser Hyperreal Eye Color in Lavender Sky

Eddie Funkhouser Hyperreal Eye Color in Lavender Sky

Eddie Funkhouser Hyperreal Eye Color in Lavender Sky

Eddie Funkhouser Hyperreal Eye Color in Lavender Sky

Eddie Funkhouser Hyperreal Eye Color in Lavender Sky

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.

My Eddie Funhouser FOD with Epic Lipstick, Plum Crazy Blush, and Lavander Sky Eyeshadow

My Eddie Funhouser FOD with Epic Lipstick, Plum Crazy Blush, and Lavander Sky Eye Color

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

10 Budget Friendly Back-to-School Beauty Essentials

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.

Soap for school:  J.R. Watkins Foaming Hand Soap and I love...Coconut & Cream Shower Gel

Soap for school: J.R. Watkins Foaming Hand Soap and I love…Coconut & Cream Bubble Bath and Shower Cream

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.

Necessities for school

Necessities for school

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.

Perfect colors for back to school!

Perfect colors for back to school!

Nudes and deep pinks

Nudes and berries

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.

Physician's Formula Nude Eyes

Physician’s Formula Nude Eyes

Nude Eyes - gorgeous.

Nude Eyes – gorgeous.

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.

Maybelline Hi-Lighting Blush in Pink Rose

Maybelline Hi-Lighting Blush in Pink Rose

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.

Nicole by OPI mani and pedi shades for school

Nicole by OPI mani and pedi shades for school

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

Sing You Like a Bee

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

Cocoa a Gogo

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!

Pur Minerals Jupiter Ascending has descended

Pur Minerals Jupiter Ascending collection

Pur Minerals Jupiter Ascending collection

To get yourself in the mood for the upcoming movie, Jupiter Ascending, starring the gorgeous Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis you can do a few things. You could read the book – except there isn’t a book. You could watch the trailers on Amazon or IMDB. You could purchase the movie poster on Amazon for $19 plus shipping. Or you can do the smart thing and buy the collection from Pur Minerals that’s inspired by the movie Jupiter Ascending.

inside the Jupiter Ascending box

inside the Jupiter Ascending box

Jupiter Ascending was sent for consideration and now I’m getting psyched up for the movie even though I have about 6 months to wait. This collection is the best priced set I’ve seen. For $29.95 you get 3 full size items – an eyeshadow palette that has 6 shades, a pink lip gloss and a black liquid eyeliner.

Pur Minerals Jupiter Ascending eyeshadow palette

Pur Minerals Jupiter Ascending eyeshadow palette

In the eyeshadow palette there’s a mirror and a small eyeshadow brush along with the 6 shadows named for parts of the movie.

Majesty applies as a pale matte taupe.

Destiny is a matte cream colored eyeshadow that’s sheer and is best as a base or on your browbone.

Night Sky is a slate gray satin

Jupiter (named after Mila Kunis’ character) is a rosy shade. (In some lights it looks more purple.)

Caine (named for Channing Tatum’s character, no wonder it’s my favorite) is a shimmery mocha with subtle gold glitter.

Cosmos is a sheer iridescent white

Majesty, Destiny, Night Sky, Jupiter

Majesty, Destiny, Night Sky, Jupiter

Caine, Cosmos

Caine, Cosmos

Pure Minerals eye with Majesty, Jupiter and Destiny. Outer Space liquid liner

Pure Minerals eye with Majesty, Jupiter and Destiny. Outer Space liquid liner

I found the eyeshadows to be mostly on the sheer side. The only shades with a lot of intensity are Night Sky and Caine. Majesty, the taupe, is the easiest shade to wear and one I love using. I like that there’s a variety of shades with two light shadows, two of medium depth and two with more pigmentation.

Since it’s a collection it also comes with the beautiful iridescent pink gloss, Galaxy, and a black liquid liner in Outer Space. 

Pur Minerals Precision liquid eyeliner and Light Up Lipgloss

Pur Minerals Precision liquid eyeliner and Light Up Lipgloss

The lipgloss is so much fun!! It lights up. It makes me feel like you’ll want to be reapplying this during the movie so sit in the back. The gloss is a very pretty but very light pink that’s a little bit sticky, it has a small amount of iridescent shimmer to it. I’ve found that applying a lipliner all over my lips first is the key to making this show up and last a little longer.

Pur Minerals Galaxy light up lip gloss

Pur Minerals Galaxy light up lip gloss

This fun collection is available at Ulta and Ulta.com, and the Pur Minerals website. If you want to know more about the upcoming movie Wikipedia has the best information, if you want to practice your look for the upcoming movie Pur Minerals has the best information and all for just $29.95! — Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration

 

Beauty Addicts wants to Motivate your eyes

Beauty Addicts photo credit: http://www.beautylish.com/b/beauty-addicts

Beauty Addicts photo credit: http://www.beautylish.com/b/beauty-addicts

I’m a little late on reviewing this beautiful Beauty Addicts SolutionEYES palette in Motivate. Exactly one month ago my blog partner Lisa started what we call a Side by Side review. Normally we do these together but Lisa was so thrilled with her Beauty Addicts Express palette that she wanted to let it shine alone. I understand that now after wearing Motivate for many weeks. When Beauty Addicts sent both palettes we didn’t know who would get to review which one. Once we picked though we were both hugging the one we ended up with.

Beauty Addicts divides its shadows and lip products 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

Beauty Addicts SolutionEYES in Motivate

Beauty Addicts SolutionEYES in Motivate

While Motivate SolutionEYES may be considered evening shades, I’ve been wearing it both day and night with ease. The four shades coordinate perfectly and it’s one of the few palettes that I can easily use every color to create different looks. That’s the beauty of it. You can use anywhere from 1 to 4 of the shades and the combinations are wonderful.

Beauty Addicts Motivate SolutionEYES

Beauty Addicts Motivate SolutionEYES

The shadows themselves are soft and blend easily. I find that the best way to apply them is to pat them on, not rub. If I pat then I don’t get eyeshadow fallout so I definitely recommend that. I’ve been using a taklon brush like the MAC 242 for application. You absolutely need an eyeshadow primer with this palette since the shadows are so soft.

Clockwise from the top the shades are a light pink, an orchid that I’ve seen described as radiant orchid, a dusty lavender and a deep blue toned purple. The darkest shade can be used as your eyeliner. The lightest shade, pink, is a great shade to brighten your eyes. It’s not a rabbit type pink, it’s soft and lovely.

Motivate SolutionEYES by Beauty Addict

Motivate SolutionEYES by Beauty Addict

The pink and dark purple are both matte shades and have more pigment to them than the other two which have very subtle shimmer in them. You won’t see shimmer when you open the palette (or at least I don’t) but I do see it lightly come through when blending.

Beauty Addicts Motivate - how I really look

Beauty Addicts Motivate – how I really look

Motivate eyes with Beauty Addicts

Motivate eyes with Beauty Addicts

Whether you choose to be MOTIVATED with these soft purples that can become more intense for a smokey night look or you want an EXPRESS look with warm earth tones, you won’t go wrong. Beauty Addicts has the solution for your eyes. — Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration

 

Makeup Geek greens and purples: Appletini, Shimmermint, Unexpected, and Sensuous

With these beautiful bright summer days, I have been inspired to focus on bright, sunny eyeshadow. For the quality, price, and colors, no one can beat Makeup Geek Eyeshadows (pans are $5.99, also available in a compact for $7.99). The gorgeous Makeup Geek guru, Marlena, sent some shades to try, and I am going gaga for her greens and purples these days.

Makeup Geek eyeshadows

Makeup Geek eyeshadows

Appletini is a truly stunning apple-green shimmer with golden flecks.

Appletini

Makeup Geek Appletini

Appletini swatch

Appletini swatch

Appletini is a lovely, complex shade with a slightly blueish tone to it . This is the darker of my two green shades – Shimmermint is similar but a few shades lighter.

Makeup Geek Shimmermint

Makeup Geek Shimmermint

Shimmermint swatch

Shimmermint swatch

Shimmermint is a metallic mint green with gold shimmer. I pair these two greens together with thick black eyeliner for a summery look that really makes my brown eyes pop. They both also pair well with blue eyeshadows and brown eyeshadows, so they are very versatile.

Makeup Geek Unexpected

Makeup Geek Unexpected

Unexpected swatch

Unexpected swatch

Unexpected is a matte pinky purple that is beyond creamy. Wow this is a fabulous matte eyeshadow! I love it all by itself as a wash with some dark grey eyeliner for a flattering minimalistic look. And I highly recommend pairing it with the sultry Sensuous eyeshadow.

Makeup Geek Sensuous

Makeup Geek Sensuous

Sensuous swatch

Sensuous swatch

Sensuous is a shimmery purple with silver flecks. Um, yeah…I would say this eyeshadow is properly named for sure! My go-to summer evening look is a wash of Unexpected with Sensuous in the crease and outer V, plus a ton of dark purple eyeliner. Va-va-voom!

Makeup Geek eyeshadows are creamy, velvety and have tons of pigment. They are the exact same size as a MAC eyeshadow pan but less expensive. This is definitely a line to invest in. Be sure to check out the website for amazing tutorials.  - Lisa

*products sent for editorial consideration