A reason to be thrilled – Models Own has come to Ulta

Models Own

Models Own

I am not a dancer but I was doing a jig when I received four Models Own products. I hadn’t even realized that the brand was going to be readily available at Ulta. The thrill continued when I made a trip to Ulta and saw the beautiful line there for me to purchase as well.

Models Own at Ulta

Models Own at Ulta

Models Own is a UK line that had me drooling over their nail polishes years ago. Trying to get my hands on one was a real effort but I was finally able to swap with someone to send it my way and I wasn’t disappointed. Now though we can get our hands on all their amazing products – all 650 eye, face, and lip products can be ours. Their goal is to put fun and creativity back into cosmetics. As they say BRAVERY IN BEAUTY.

Models Own Sculpt & Glow Highlighter Powder

Models Own Sculpt & Glow Highlighter Powder

The very first product I needed to use was Models Own Sculpt & Glow Highlighter Powder in Golden Sand. I can’t resist highlighters and I prayed that this wouldn’t be shimmery. I danced for sure once I applied this beautiful light gold powder for no sparkles were to be found. Just pure beautiful color that glowed and glowed. I can wear this day or night because it’s subtle enough that I’m not a disco ball nor do I look greasy.

Models Own Sculpt & Glow Highlighter Powder in Golden Sand

Models Own Sculpt & Glow Highlighter Powder in Golden Sand

Regularly priced at $11.99 it’s on sale now for $8.99 and you can use a $3.50 coupon on Models Own!! This also comes in Peach Pearl which looks stunning.

Models Own Matte Liquid Lipstick in Coral Fresh

Models Own Matte Liquid Lipstick in Coral Fresh

Models Own LIX Matte Liquid Lipstick comes in 6 brave and bright shades. The pigmentation on Coral Fresh is absolutely amazing. Your lips are covered with this gorgeous shade in one coat. It practically applies itself. It’s not a lipstick that I can apply without a mirror since the color has intensity and will stain. I wore it this week and had Chinese food and it didn’t stand up to the soup but it left a pretty stain behind. As all mattes go this is drying so make sure your lips are exfoliated and balmed for lasting beauty.

Models Own LIX Matte Liquid Lipstick in Coral Fresh

Models Own LIX Matte Liquid Lipstick in Coral Fresh

Besides Coral Fresh you need to look into Raspberry Mojito, Berry Cool, Candy Cane, Strawberry Mojito, and Eucalyptus Pink. Each of these have a light minty taste but no stinging is involved. On sale now for $5.99 you absolutely won’t believe that they aren’t a higher end luxury lip product.

Models Own I-Definer Eyeliner Duo in Midnight

Models Own I-Definer Eyeliner Duo in Midnight

I not only danced when I used Models Own I-Definer Eyeliner Duo in Midnight but I did a somersault which for someone in my shape is actually impossible! But this has everything I could possibly want in an eyeliner. The two sided liner has a smooth as can be roll up pencil on one end and a perfect felt liquid liner on the other. I’m a fool for liquid liner but I’m very picky about the tip of them. Models Own did it right. The tip is firm and glides on.

Models Own I Definer Eyeliner Duo swatches

Models Own I Definer Eyeliner Duo swatches

It’s also available in Umber (which I ordered!!) and Azure. I hope they add a purple in the future. On sale for $7.49 right now makes it a steal. If you like wearing a cat eye then you absolutely need this pencil/liquid for a perfect look.models own ulta palettes

As an eyeshadow maven I was thrilled to see the array in Ulta. On sale right now it’s the perfect time to add to your palette wardrobe. Look at my pretty Models Own Colour Chrome Eyeshadow Palette.

Models Own Colour Chrome Eyeshadow Palette.

Models Own Colour Chrome Eyeshadow Palette

A palette that I think was made especially for me. If you like cream eyeshadow then you are going to love this!! With 10 gorgeous shades I can play to my hearts content. I could almost be on Dancing With The Stars since I got so excited to use this.

Top row swatches of Models Own Colour Chrome: Platinum, Electrum, Rose Gold, Emerald, Superior

Top row swatches of Models Own Colour Chrome: Platinum, Electrum, Rose Gold, Emerald, Superior

Platinum is a bright white with sparkles, the color isn’t intense. A good way to use this is to pat it over other shadows with your fingertip.

Electrum is a khaki shade that can be applied lightly or can be build up to a truer khaki.

Rose Gold is a stunning rose gold, not orange like my picture.

Emerald is the color of the turquoise sea.

Superior is a beautiful cool toned blue.

Bottom row swatches of Models Own Colour Chrome: Pure Gold, Nickel, Iron Oxide, Pewter, Slicked

Bottom row swatches of Models Own Colour Chrome: Pure Gold, Nickel, Iron Oxide, Pewter, Slicked

Pure Gold is exactly that, a bright yellow gold.

Nickel is my favorite, it’s more of a bronze than a copper. It looks beautiful paired with Pure Gold.

Iron Oxide is a light silver with sparkles.

Pewter is a charcoal shade with a navy undertone that I love.

Slicked is a sparkly light gray. It’s similar to Platinum in the amount of sparkle in it.

My personal favorites are Rose Gold, Superior, Pure Gold, Nickel, and Pewter. Platinum and Slicked are too sheer and sparkly for me personally.

Models Own Colour Chrome cream eyeshadow palette

Models Own Colour Chrome cream eyeshadow palette

Models Own Colour Chrome cream eyeshadow palette

Models Own Colour Chrome cream eyeshadow palette

Since this is a cream palette it may or may not crease on you. I always use an eyeshadow primer which prevents it from creasing on me. Using a light sheer powder shade over the cream can also help with creasing. While cream shadows can be a little harder to blend, they are so easy for me to use so I love them.

Models Own

Models Own

Models Own is a line you want to discover. These are quality cosmetics that will enhance your looks and your attitude. Feel Brave, Be Beautiful!  —  Marcia

*sent for review consideration, used with excitement; affiliate links

Rimmel London Magnif’eyes Shadow palettes are calling and you want to answer

Rimmel Long Magnif-Eyes Shadow palettes

Rimmel Long Magnif-Eyes Shadow palettes

I have a confession to make. This past winter I splurged and spent a small fortune on two Tom Ford palettes. I was swayed by the beautiful photography I saw online and the descriptions. The confession is that I have worn them so little yet I’ve worn these Rimmel London Magnif’Eyes Shadow palettes ($7.99) over and over and over since they were sent to me. I learned a lesson here that I want to pass on. Even though I crave luxury cosmetics, you can find products at the drugstore that are absolutely lovely and that you’ll love.

These are actually called MAGNIF’EYE EYESHADOW CONTOURING PALETTE but that’s too long and unwieldy. The palettes though are not unwieldy. Each has 12 shades that have gradient colors from light to dark. The contouring comes in since the back of the palette shows you that you can look at the palette in terms of lightest for all over the lid or highlighting, medium shades to add depth, and darkest shades for contouring and definition.

Rimmel Magnif'Eyes palette back

Rimmel Magnif’Eyes palette back

Rimmel London created 3 different Magnif’eyes Palettes with 12 shadows each. I have London Nudes Calling and Grunge Glamour and I refuse to play favorites since at that price you can have all 3 if you desire. Grunge Glamour is available at Ulta right now while all three can be found at Walgreens (sale going on now too).

Rimmel Magnif'eyes London Nudes and Grunge Glamour

Rimmel Magnif’eyes London Nudes and Grunge Glamour

Many of the shadows have a light shimmer to them but you won’t find that they are glittery. I’ll attempt to describe the shades.

LONDON NUDES CALLING:

Rimmel London Magnif'eyes London Nudes Calling

Rimmel London Magnif’eyes London Nudes Calling

  1. light shimmery white
  2. light shimmer gold
  3. light satiny cream
  4. matte beige (blends in invisibly on my eye)
  5.  (out of order on my arm) satin sand
  6. metallic rose gold

    Rimmel Magnif'eyes London Nudes Calling

    Rimmel Magnif’eyes London Nudes Calling

  7. satiny copper
  8. satin taupe
  9. satiny golden taupe
  10. satin chocolate
  11. satin deep chocolate with a hint of purple
  12. lightly metallic bronze

There’s just about every shade you want when you are playing with nudes, even smokey eyes are easy to do. What I love about this palette is that the colors apply well but even more important is that they last. You don’t need another palette to find a base coat or eyeliner since London Nudes Calling has it all!

GRUNGE GLAMOUR

This palette has a darker feel to it and while there are a few nudes, it goes beyond to help you have more drama aka glamour.

Rimmel London Magnif'eyes Grunge Glamour

Rimmel London Magnif’eyes Grunge Glamour

  1. matte cream
  2. satin very light golden sand
  3. matte flesh
  4. lightly shimmered golden taupe
  5. satin pewter
  6. metallic denim

    Rimmel London Magnif'eyes Grunge Glamour

    Rimmel London Magnif’eyes Grunge Glamour

  7. satin charcoal
  8. matte charcoal
  9. matte milk chocolate
  10. shimmered dark charcoal
  11. shimmery black
  12. almost metallic purple

This is a perfect companion piece too to London Nudes Calling for me since I love the purple with some of the shades in that one.

With an eyeshadow primer these last the day for me. I get a little fallout when I’m first applying but that’s easily cleaned up, other than that they don’t budge or fade. They really stay true throughout the day. While the palette itself doesn’t have the class of a Tom Ford palette neither does it have the price. I am much happier with these two palettes and will make sure I have an eye out for any future editions.  —  Marcia

sent for consideration

Beautiful eyeshadows from Beauty Junkees!

Beauty Junkees
The BIZ are longtime fans of Beauty Junkees, particularly their makeup brushes and sponges.  We were thrilled when they expanded to offer cosmetics, and of course not much makes us happier than eyeshadow.  Today we have two great eyeshadow options from Beauty Junkees –  a palette and some single eyeshadows – to share with you and your eyelids.  Prepare to drool over some gorgeous shades!!Beauty Junkees LE 28 Eyeshadow Palette

  • MAKE YOUR EYES POP! Matte shades are creamy smooth, shimmery shades are sexy and soft. Buildable, blendable color with awesome pigmentation for all day staying power; triple milled pressed eyeshadow can be used wet or dry. Apply sheer or full coverage; get a smooth consistent finish! Long lasting powder finish.
  • BUILD THE PERFECT EYESHADOW PALETTE! Individual pans can be organized in the included empty magnetic palette, making them portable, travel friendly and space saving.
  • INCLUDES 28 SINGLE EYESHADOW PANS 26MM WITH A LARGE MAGNETIC PALETTE AND BONUS DUO END EYEBRUSH; MADE IN THE USA, PARABEN FREE, GLUTEN FREE, AND CRUELTY FREE. WOOF!
  • BE UNEXPECTEDLY IMPRESSED: High Quality Eye Shadow Compares to Makeup Geek

BEAUTY-JUNKEES-LIMITED-EDITION-EYESHADOW-PALETTE-2017-2_1024x1024Lisa shares the Limited Edition 28 piece eyeshadow collection ($119)

This palette seems pricey, but let’s do some math…although I’ll need the help of a calculator because math has never been my strong suit!  The gorgeous LE 28 Piece Eyeshadow Palette from Beauty Junkees costs $119, and if we just count the eyeshadows that’s $4.25 per eyeshadow.  Beauty Junkees LE 28 Palette

The eyeshadows can all be purchased separately for $6, which automatically makes this a great deal. However, even that math is misleading because you also get the beautifully sturdy palette with a full mirror, as well as a dual-sided eyeshadow brush.  That makes this palette a terrific value – that is, if the eyeshadows are good – and they are!!

LE 28 Piece Eyeshadow Palette from Beauty Junkees

LE 28 Piece Eyeshadow Palette from Beauty Junkees

The texture of the eyeshadows is a bit powdery, but they have tons of pigment and are super blendable.  I am able to build them up easily for impressive color impact, and the shades are gorgeous, ranging all the way from white to black.

 Left to right from top: First Snow, Vanilla Freeze, Sugared Shortbread, Iced Lace, Stay Golden, Victorian Gold

Left to right from top: First Snow, Vanilla Freeze, Sugared Shortbread, Iced Lace, Stay Golden, Victorian Gold

Swatches left to right:  First Snow, Vanilla Freeze, Sugared Shortbread, Iced Lace, Stay Golden, Victorian Gold

Swatches left to right: First Snow, Vanilla Freeze, Sugared Shortbread, Iced Lace, Stay Golden, Victorian Gold

First Snow is a true matte white; Vanilla Freeze is a warm cream with flecks of gold; Sugared Shortbread is a sandy gold beige; Iced Lace is a complex shade, an iridescent mix of deep brown, light taupe, and white reflective flecks; Stay Golden is a bright iridescent gold with warm yellow undertones, and Victorian Gold is a rich gold with orange undertones.

Left to right from top: Peachsicle, Peach Vanilla, Gold Flicker, Winter Wheat, Tiki Shed, Brown Canyon, Grizzly, Stingray Gray

Left to right from top: Peachsicle, Peach Vanilla, Gold Flicker, Winter Wheat, Tiki Shed, Brown Canyon, Grizzly, Stingray Gray

Swatches left to right:  Peachsicle, Peach Vanilla, Gold Flicker, Tiki Shed, Brown Canyon, Grizzly

Swatches left to right: Peachsicle, Peach Vanilla, Gold Flicker, Tiki Shed, Brown Canyon, Grizzly

Swatches left to right:  Winter Wheat, Stingray Gray

Swatches left to right: Winter Wheat, Stingray Gray

Peachsicle is a peachy combination of pink, yellow and bronze; Peach Vanilla is a mixture of cream, tan, and peach; Gold Flicker is an iridescent tan, orange, and gold; Winter Wheat is a rich golden tan; Tiki Shed is a matte medium brown; Brown Canyon is a matte warm medium brown; and Grizzly is a deep brownish maroon with a surprising dark green undertone, and Stingray Gray is a cool matte grey.

Left to right from top: Cosmetic Peach, Love Affair, Rose Beige, Penny Lover, Dash of Curry, Tiger

Left to right from top: Cosmetic Peach, Love Affair, Rose Beige, Penny Lover, Dash of Curry, Tiger

Swatches left to right:  Cosmetic Peach, Love Affair, Rose Beige, Penny Lover, Dash of Curry, Tiger

Swatches left to right: Cosmetic Peach, Love Affair, Rose Beige, Penny Lover, Dash of Curry, Tiger

Cosmetic Peach is a soft, neutral peach; Love Affair is a warm pinkish mauve; Rose Beige is a dark brown with pink undertones; Penny Lover is a cool iridescent combination of red, brown, and orange; Dash of Curry is a warm medium brown with red undertones; and Tiger is a matte burnt orange with brown undertones.

Left to right from top: Tuscan Rose, Crushed Velvet, Brew, Raspberry Glaze, Ripe Olive, Sonic, Blue Slate, Black Leather

Left to right from top: Tuscan Rose, Crushed Velvet, Brew, Raspberry Glaze, Ripe Olive, Sonic, Blue Slate, Black Leather

Swatches left to right:  Tuscan Rose, Ripe Olive, Crushed Velvet, Sonic, Brew, Blue Slate

Swatches left to right: Tuscan Rose, Ripe Olive, Crushed Velvet, Sonic, Brew, Blue Slate

Swatches left to right:  Raspberry Glaze, Black Leather

Swatches left to right: Raspberry Glaze, Black Leather

Tuscan Rose is a matte medium rose; Crushed Velvet is a rich plummy burgundy with flecks of glitter; Brew is a glittery chocolate mahogany; Ripe Olive is a pearlized olive-green; Sonic is an iridescent forest green; and Blue Slate is a steel navy gray with flecks of white.

Raspberry Glaze is a pearlized reddish deep brow; Black Leather is pure black.Beauty Junkees LE Palette

If you are minimalist, this would the one and only eyeshadow palette you would ever need.  There are enough truly unique shades in it to justify the purchase if you are a collector.  If you haven’t tried Beauty Junkees yet, the LE 28 Piece Eyeshadow Palette is the perfect way to start.

Marcia shares some singles and an eyebrow gel

Since Lisa told you about this amazing set of eyeshadows I am ready to tell you about a few singles, their terrific magnetic makeup palette and their clear brow gel. These are all items that you would love to own.

The Large Black Empty Magnetic Palette with Mirror is fabulous for any blush, highlighters or eyeshadows you own or plan to buy. This is easily the sturdiest palette I own.

Beauty Junkees Empty Magnetic Palette

Beauty Junkees Empty Magnetic Palette

I own several empty palettes that I’ve filled with my own eyeshadows and blushes but there isn’t one that I’d consider traveling with except for this Beauty Junkees one. It holds an incredible amount of cosmetics. Shadows the size of Beauty Junkees own, MAC pans, Makeup Geek pans, Make Up For Ever pans, and so many more fit in here securely. You can fit 28 of those pans in this $19.97 palette. It’s deeper than most, has a very heavy duty magnetic bottom, and closes firmly. It even comes with a Beauty Junkees double ended brush. With all the cosmetics that BJ now sells this is a necessity in my book.

Beauty Junkees eyeshadow singles

Beauty Junkees eyeshadow singles

Beauty Junkees Oh Deer, Citrus, Steel Wool, Beam of Light, and Blink Pink

Beauty Junkees Oh Deer, Citrus, Steel Wool, Beam of Light, and Blink Pink

These are the 6 singles I have and I plan on buying a few more once I see what Lisa shares today.  While the Limited Edition 28 Piece Eyeshadow Collection is sold on Amazon and BeautyJunkees.com these singles are only available on their website. ($6 each).

Beauty Junkees Oh Deer, Citrus, Steel Wool, Beams of Light, Blink Pink

Beauty Junkees Oh Deer, Citrus, Steel Wool, Beams of Light, Blink Pink

Oh Deer is a matte light brown. This is the type of shade that can be used as a transition shade

Citrus is a bright metallic orange just like the name implies, it’s like the sun on a very shiny day.

Steel Wool is a charcoal gray with interest, it has just the slightest amount of shimmer to it making it more than your typical gray. You can use this with a light hand for a soft gray or layer it for a smokey eye.

Beams of Light is a must have. It’s an iridescent pink white that is unicorn special. They call it pure white but it’s that pink that gets my heart racing.

Beauty Junkees Beams of Light

Beauty Junkees Beams of Light

Blink Pink has a satin finish and a teeny amount of glimmer to it. It’s a soft pink that’s not chalky.

Beauty Junkees singles and clear eyebrow gel

Beauty Junkees singles and clear eyebrow gel

Beauty Junkees Clear Eyebrow Gel is just one of 4 brow gels they have. Clear is a great tamer. I have BJ’s Brown Eyebrow Gel to give me color and tame and now this Clear one (also available in Auburn and Blonde). I like to use this over a powder eyebrow shade so that my brows are smoother and the powder lasts the day. It is not gooey nor does it dry hard. It leaves a natural look so that only you know it’s there and it makes you feel confident about your eyebrows lasting through any kind of weather or conditions.

With Beauty Junkees you can be assured that your products are MADE IN THE USA, PARABEN FREE, GLUTEN FREE, AND CRUELTY FREE. WOOF! We’ve been so impressed with the products that we’ve been using from Beauty Junkees and can’t wait to see what else is on the horizon.

*sent for consideration, affiliate links may be used

Ingredients: Contains: Talc, Octyl Palmitate, Cyclomethicone, Zinc Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate. May Contain: Iron Oxide CI 77490, CI 77491, CI 77492, Manganese Violet CI 77742, Mica CI 77019, Titanium Dioxide CI 77891, Red 40 Lake, Yellow No.5, Blue No.1, Ultramarines CI 77007, Chromium Greens

Welcoming spring with Jane Iredale’s newest collection

jane iredale spring collection

The sun is finally shining and spring flowers are starting to pop up. While the BIZ team loves those signs of spring, an even greater sign is this collection from Jane Iredale that we were sent.

This Spring Color collection is aptly named Makeup on Nude and contains 2 peachy pink eyeshadow trios, 2 new Pure Moist lipsticks, a new cream blush stick, and a new Peaches & Cream Bronzer. Sounds and looks beautiful.jane iredale look

Jane Iredale’s philosophy is that cosmetics should be good for your skin and easy to apply. “Her goal is to make products that look good, feel good and are good for the skin.  Products must be easy to apply, as well, so that a woman can be her best in the shortest amount of time.” She achieved this in her latest collection. Thank you Jane!

MARCIA SHARES:

Jane Iredale spring: Candid Cream blush, Pink Quartz eyeshadow trio, Peaches & Cream bronzer refill

Jane Iredale spring: Candid Cream blush, Pink Quartz eyeshadow trio, Peaches & Cream bronzer refill

When Lisa and I divided these up I grabbed the InTouch Cream Blush in Candid. Years ago I had this in Clarity and loved it. These blushes are small but mighty. They are perfect to take with you because they’ll fit in your purse/makeup bag without being bulky. The tube may be short but the top is perfect for application. This just glides on and smooths out easily. It’s not a tacky blush because it’s a cream to powder formula.

Jane Iredale InTouch Cream Blush sticks (janeiredale.com)

Jane Iredale InTouch Cream Blush sticks (janeiredale.com)

Candid is one of 5 shades and one I highly recommend for spring. It contains just the right amount of peach to make it spring perfect. My favorite cream blushes have always been from Jane Iredale and this is no exception. Most cream blushes aren’t in it for the long run but Candid In Touch Cream Blush sticks around. I love the color and I love that there’s no fragrance.

Jane Iredale InTouch Cream Blush stick in Candid

Jane Iredale In Touch Cream Blush stick in Candid

Jane Iredale InTouch Cream Blush stick in Candid

Jane Iredale In Touch Cream Blush stick in Candid

Mineral Quad Bronzer in Peaches & Cream isn’t a bronzer on me at all. Instead it’s a multi-use powder that will add a beautiful shine but no shimmer. I’ve used this all over by taking a fluffy brush or fan brush and sweeping it on my face to liven up all this winter paleness. I’ve even used it as eyeshadows since the colors individually are so beautiful.

Jane Iredale Peaches & Cream

Jane Iredale Peaches &
Cream

Jane Iredale Peaches & Cream

Jane Iredale Peaches &
Cream

When I sweep my brush evenly across the 4 shades I end up with a peach shade that isn’t orange on me. It lightens and brightens at the same time. I use this all over very lightly or I’ll concentrate on my cheekbones.

Jane Iredale Peaches & Cream swept over all 4 shades

Jane Iredale Peaches &
Cream swept over all 4 shades

I’m all about eyeshadow but I saved it for last so that you can see the two trios that are just fabulous. I have PurePressed Eyeshadow Trio in Pink Quartz while Lisa will share the other new trio in Soft Kiss. You’ll fall for them both!

Jane Iredale PurePressed Eyeshadow Trio in Pink Quartz

Jane Iredale PurePressed Eyeshadow Trio in Pink Quartz

This is a little bit of heaven for me. They are exactly the colors I’ve been craving lately. I had put together a similar trio but it took me three different palettes to create it. My vanity was filled. Then I opened Pink Quartz and sighed. This single compact has everything I love. According to Jane Iredale it has matte light pink, shimmery soft pink and shimmery cool plum. To me and on me though I find it to be a matte very light pink, a shimmery peach, and a shimmery taupe that’s not too dark.

Jane Iredale PurePressed Eyeshadow Trio in Pink Quartz

Jane Iredale PurePressed Eyeshadow Trio in Pink Quartz

Jane Iredale PurePressed Eyeshadow Trio in Pink Quartz

Jane Iredale PurePressed Eyeshadow Trio in Pink Quartz

I’ve added the bronze shade in the Peaches & Cream Bronzer refill too for a little more definition. The shadows look powdery when I take a brush to them but they aren’t that way on my eyes at all. I have had no fallout but I have had full day coverage with an eyeshadow primer. The colors are beautiful, they last long, and they can be used wet or day. Plus they are vegan and cruelty free. I’m crazy about Pink Quartz!!jane iredale eyeshadows spring

LISA SHARES:

The Jane Iredale Spring 2017 Collection has super pretty shades that are definitely getting me in the mood for green trees and warm days.

Jane Iredale Soft Kiss Purepressed Eyeshadow Triple

Jane Iredale Soft Kiss Purepressed Eyeshadow Triple

Jane Iredale Soft Kiss Purepressed Eyeshadow Triple

Jane Iredale Soft Kiss Purepressed Eyeshadow Triple

My PurePressed Eyeshadow Triple is called Soft Kiss. The shades are a red based purple/mauve, slightly shimmery brownish taupe, and matte warm pink. I am very indecisive so putting together colors can be a real challenge for me. That’s why I love trios, and this one is a real winner. I use the lightest shade as an all over wash, the taupe shade in the crease, then the darkest shade also in the crease and down to line my upper lid. It makes for a very pretty, feminine eye, especially with deep black eyeliner and tons of mascara.

The eyeshadows are soft yet pigmented, and they don’t fade or crease on me. Nicely done, Jane Iredale!

Jane Iredale Pure Moist Lipstick in Lisa

Jane Iredale Pure Moist Lipstick in Lisa

Jane Iredale Pure Moist Lipstick in Lisa

Jane Iredale Pure Moist Lipstick in Lisa

The PureMoist Lipstick ($25) comes in a whopping 27 shades and the two new shades for spring are Lisa and Susan. This lipstick has a nice slip and a natural coverage – not too sheer and not too opaque. Even if you don’t normally wear lipstick I think you will like this one. The ingredients include natural oils and superfruit extracts, so lips feel very soft without any fragrance or taste.

Lisa is a creamy rose beige. Of course I love the name (!!) but I also love this shade, which is a fabulously neutral color that goes with everything. Lisa is one for the purse because you will find yourself reaching for this all-purpose lippie constantly no matter what time of day and what color your outfit.

Jane Iredale Pure Moist Lipstick in Susan

Jane Iredale Pure Moist Lipstick in Susan

Jane Iredale Pure Moist Lipstick in Susan

Jane Iredale Pure Moist Lipstick in Susan

Susan is a springy matte cool pink that adds a beautiful pop of color to your look. I love this with a soft white t-shirt and boyfriend jeans…it’s a fantastic easy-going shade that is very flattering.

Jane Iredale Pure Moist Lipstick in Lisa and Susan

Jane Iredale Pure Moist Lipstick in Lisa and Susan

If you are feeling like adding some nude options to your spring makeup wardrobe, Jane Iredale has fantastic options for you. Take a look; we know that you will love these as much as we do!

* sent for editorial consideration

Makeup Wars Color Wars – how about some nudes

makeup wars logo

What do you think of when someone mentions the word nude when it relates to cosmetics? Whatever it is, it may not be what someone else thinks of. A nude to me isn’t necessarily a nude to you. When the decision came up to each pick a color to share it took me a while to come up with my choice. Once I decided on Nude though it’s all I could think about. There are so many different shades of nude including some beautiful mauve nudes that I love. Over the holidays I bought a NUDESTIX collection which fits in perfectly. So let’s get nude with NUDESTIX.

NUDESTIX Nude (ART)ist Box

NUDESTIX Nude (ART)ist Box

First I have to apologize since this set was a limited edition available for the winter holidays. It contains 6 full size NUDESTIX Neutral Magnetic Eye Colors which are all available separately. If you see something you love, then get yourself to Sephora or Ulta for a single.

NUDESTIX single kit

NUDESTIX single kit

I can’t help but love NUDESTIX’s packaging. Each product comes in a metal reusable container that are fun to own. NUDESTIX Metallic Color Eyeshadows are $24 each and come with a sharpener as well as the pencil.

NUDESTIX sharpener

NUDESTIX sharpener

The kit contains 3 Luminous shades (Angel, Lilith, Twilight) and 3 Matte Shades (Army, Putty, Taupe). Even though only certain shades make me think of nude, the others are great neutrals to own.

NUDESTIX (ART)IST BOX

NUDESTIX (ART)IST BOX

NUDESTIX (ART)IST BOX

NUDESTIX (ART)IST BOX

Before I show you the 6 shades let me give you my assessment of them so you can see if they are for you.

  1.  If you have oily lids, I don’t know if these would work for you. They can crease or wear away. This is my opinion though and I noticed that Ulta says they are great for oily lids.
  2.  If your eyelids aren’t oily these are great to use with some hints.
    1. Apply a good eyeshadow primer and let it dry
    2. Then apply a neutral powder eyeshadow that doesn’t change the color/s you are going to use.
  3. They can be used in 4 ways: eyecolor, eyeliner, base, and highlighter.
  4. Once they set they become waterproof and last on me for the full day.
  5.  NUDESTIX removes easily with eye makeup remover.
  6.  I don’t consider them the easiest eyeshadow crayons to blend. I’m more likely to wear only one at a time but they work well with powder eyeshadows.
Nudestix Lilith

Nudestix Lilith

Lilith is a champagne cream with some shimmer. None of the Luminous/Satin shades will drop glitter on your face but you may notice some shimmer around your eyes. Lilith is the lightest of this set.

Nudestix Angel

Nudestix Angel

Angel is my favorite as it’s a light rose gold. Total bliss on my eyelid with a darker powder in the crease. I could stare at it all day.

Nudestix Twilight

Nudestix Twilight

Twilight is also a Luminous shade, it’s described as a gray taupe with shimmer. It’s more taupe though than gray so don’t let that scare you. This is a one-and-go shade for me. I’ll put it on up to the crease and blend it so that it’s lighter near my lashline.

Nudestix Putty

Nudestix Putty

Putty is a matte cream beige shade. On me it shows up as a light tan. This is not one I’d have personally bought as a single since it tends to look more yellow than I prefer but remember I have very cool toned skin.

Nudestix Taupe

Nudestix Taupe

Taupe is a much better matte shade for me and I like it a lot. It’s a cool toned neutral brown and my favorite of my 3 matte shades.

Nudestix Army

Nudestix Army

Army is a neutral brown matte with green undertones. I see a dark cool brown but rarely do I notice the green undertones. I said I didn’t think these were great for layering but I do sometimes wear this with Angel or Lilith even though I have to take time to get it on evenly.

Nudestix Lilith, Angel, Putty, Twilight, Taupe, Army, and Gilt

Nudestix Lilith, Angel, Putty, Twilight, Taupe, Army, and Gilt

I’m not done yet! For a true nude you need something that doesn’t show at all. I have been buying some products from Kiko Milano and two of them fit today’s Makeup Wars.

Kiko Milano Invisible Lip Liner

Kiko Milano Invisible Lip Liner

I love using an invisible/clear lipliner but they aren’t that easy to find. Then a friend recommended looking into Kiko Milano. Invisible Lip Liner is considered a primer. It glides on and is easy to use. The full price is $9 but Kiko often has sales. What I really like about the site is their free shipping starts at $15 – very unusual these days. While I have an older Paula’s Choice clear lipliner (no longer available) it isn’t as smooth and easy to apply. This is a staple I like having in my stash.

Kiko Milano Nude Blur Lip Base

Kiko Milano Nude Blur Lip Base

Another product I can recommend is Nude Blur Lip Base ($11). The Lip Base is creamier than the liner and helps smooth the appearance of lip lines. I especially like it under certain matte liquid lipsticks since my lips feel more moisturized. It contains olive oil extract and brown algae which help to protect the lips.

And now you have my current nudes. I know some of the other Makeup Wars ladies have chosen nude too but my guess is that they have very different choices and I can’t wait to read them. Join my friends to learn what their color choice is.  —  Marcia


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Mally Beauty brings “gorgois” to life

We believe that Mally Beauty needs no introduction. Mally Rontal is known not only for her personal beauty but also for her perky personality and wonderful line of cosmetics. We feel so lucky to have received some of her latest products and want to share these “gorgois” products with you.

MARCIA is loving H3 Gel Lipstick

Mally H3 Gel Lipstick

Mally H3 Gel Lipstick

Mally H3 Gel Lipstick in Flush and Nudish

Mally H3 Gel Lipstick in Flush and Nudish

Mally Beauty has created a brand new line of lipstick that are incredibly comfortable to wear. No dry lips will occur with H3 GEL LIPSTICK. Like the name suggests they have a gel like finish but apply and look like a full cover lipstick.

Available in 12 shades there’s going to be one for everyone’s taste. The pigment is rich and my lips feel so nourished in the two shades I have. Colors available are Grapevine, Rosy, Poppie, Nudish, Buff, Coraline, Angelic, Sheerly, Crush, Hibiscus, Flame and Flush. Let’s talk about the name H3 GEL LIPSTICK, okay? H3 stands for triple hydration since that’s what these lipsticks are all about. Gel means it’s not a wax based lipstick, instead it’s gel based. The gel helps these glide on your lips and helps to keep your lips feeling soft.

Mally H3 Gel Lipstick in Flush

Mally H3 Gel Lipstick in Flush

Flush is a beautiful bright pink hue that perks up my complexion and brightens my look. It’s a delight to open when you see the faceted bullet and a delight to apply. But I do have a warning, don’t roll up the tube too far since the lipstick itself can be delicate and break off in the tube.

Mally H3 Gel Lipstick in Flush

Mally H3 Gel Lipstick in Flush

Mally H3 Gel Lipstick in Flush

Mally H3 Gel Lipstick in Flush

My second shade is Nudish which takes me beyond the typical nudes that I wear. In the tube it appeared darker and browner than my taste gears but this is an example of “don’t judge a book by its cover” since it’s so much lighter and flattering once on than I expected.

Mally H3 Gel Lipstick in Nudish

Mally H3 Gel Lipstick in Nudish

Mally H3 Gel Lipstick in Nudish

Mally H3 Gel Lipstick in Nudish

This nude is not ghostly in any way. It’s more of a mauve with nude undertones. Of course your mileage may vary since your skin chemistry could affect the color. For someone like me who loves a light lipstick, I’m totally comfortable with this subtle shade.

Mally H3 Gel Lipstick in Nudish

Mally H3 Gel Lipstick in Nudish

Not only are they gorgois but they hydrate so you can’t go wrong – just don’t twist the tube too high.Mally More is More Mascara and Eyeshadow

LISA is loving Shadow Stick Extra Eyeshadow and More is More MascaraMally Shadow Stick Extra in Burnished Bronze

Mally Shadow Stick Extra in Burnished Bronze

Mally Shadow Stick Extra in Burnished Bronze

Marcia got some gorgois lips and I went for gorgois eyes. The Shadow Stick Extra Eyeshadow ($25) comes in ten different colors: Shimmering Mauve, Royal Plum, Pink Champagne, Burnished Bronze, Champagne, Autumn Shimmer, Chocolate Diamond, Marina, Storm, and Over The Taupe…shades ranging from the light creamy Champagne to deep blue Marina. This is a cream eyeshadow that applies super smooth and gives a good 45 seconds of smudging playtime before setting. I usually stay away from cream eyeshadows because they just don’t last on me but this stays on all day without creasing or fading. The rounded edge makes it perfect for a thick line along the lash line, which I then like to finish off with a thin black eyeliner. My shade is Burnished Bronze, a gorgeous shimmery medium brown. This is too dark for me to use as a wash but there are several lighter shades that I am dying to try that look perfect for that job. Mally More is More MascaraMally More is More Mascara wand

They say you can never be too rich or too skinny and I think you can never have thick enough eyelashes. More is More Mascara ($20) is right up my alley, because this awesome mascara grabs every single eyelash and makes them thicker, longer, and lusher…each coat delivering on the ‘more is more’ promise. Mally Shadow Stick Extra and More is More MascaraOne of my favorite mascaras is the Mally Volumizing Mascara and I have to say I think I might love More is More Mascara even…yup, you guessed it…more! It gives me ultra black lashes, and the brush really grips onto lashes for a very dramatic look. One coat is great for day, two coats really make for WOW lashes.
Mally Shadow Stick Extra and More is More Mascara

There are so many great items in Mally’s line that make for a ‘gorgois’ look, from lips to eyes. Be sure to check out these products and more at Ulta.com.

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C’mon and play with Jesse’s Girl eyeshadow palettes

It’s been fun for us at Beauty Info Zone to have some new toys from Jesse’s Girl Cosmetics. We’re learning so much about these amazingly reasonably priced cosmetics, especially about the quality of these. Today Marcia and Lisa have two different palettes that Jesse’s Girl has created. But before we begin we want to share a code for 20% off. What’s better than getting something wonderful for less money? At checkout from now until February 28, 2017 use the code JG2017BIZ to get your discount from their website.

Now it’s time to learn about some choices you have!

MARCIA has the BACK STAGE COLLECTION, NATURAL NUDES COLLECTION ($6.99)

Jesse's Girl Natural Nudes Collection

Jesse’s Girl Natural Nudes Collection

Natural Nudes has the typical nude shades we all like to use but this is not a boring nude palette. Oh no, these shadows have a kick to them. There are 10 office to party shadows that have great pigment to them. 5 shimmered shadows and 5 matte shadows make a perfect combination.

Jesse's Girl Natural Nudes Collection

Jesse’s Girl Natural Nudes Collection

On the top row you’ll find the lightly shimmered satiny eyeshadows along with one matte. The palette is on the warm side but not so warm that they look yellow, I actually should describe them as neutral warm. None of the shadows have glitter which is what makes it perfect for all day use.

#1 is a very light warm pink with no visible glitter; #2 is peachy pink with a light amount of shimmer, it looks lighter on than in the palette; #3 is a version of rose gold; #4 is deceptive in the palette since it looks taupe but applies with a touch of pink, it’s not often you’ll find a pinky taupe so the uniqueness is terrific; #5 is a matte chocolate; and #6 is a beautiful shimmered dark purple, this can look black but it has great purple undertones and a touch of reddish shimmer.

Jesse's Girl Natural Nudes top row

Jesse’s Girl Natural Nudes top row

Jesse's Girl Natural Nudes top row; my favorites

Jesse’s Girl Natural Nudes top row; my favorites

On the bottom are the 4 matte shades that make for perfect base colors, browbone shades or transition color. There’s a matte shade in here to match everyone.

Jesse's Girl Natural Nudes bottom matte shades

Jesse’s Girl Natural Nudes bottom matte shades

Oops, I reversed them so excuse me!! The shades range from cream to light beige, to light tan to a light milk chocolate. These are incredibly smooth and easy to work with. I find that the light beige (second from left below) gives me a great base and brow shade.

Jesse's Girl Natural Nudes

Jesse’s Girl Natural Nudes

I’m very happy with this palette and once I see Lisa’s I will probably want to place an order myself.

LISA has BACK STAGE COLLECTION, SOUNDS OF THE CITY ($6.99)

I have the Sounds of the City Collection. This is a collection of neutral mattes and soft shimmers. It’s a perfect palette for those who prefer a more natural look, which is rather ironic given the name. The colors all lean cooler than the one Marcia tested and only one eyeshadow veers toward frosty.Jesses Girl Sounds of the City Collection

Jesses Girl Sounds of the City

The bottom row has the matte base shades, and the top row has the shimmery shades. The pigmentation in most of them is excellent, with only a few needed more packed on for a little more ‘oomph’ – #3 and #4.

#1 is a shimmery cream – this one has the most shimmer and is actually on the frosty side. #2 is a golden brown. #3 is a light golden brown. #4 is a light creamy tan. #5 is a shimmery taupe. #6 is a very pretty shimmery steel grey.

The bottom row has all matte shades. #7 is a matte cream. #8 is a matte medium brown. #9 is a matte dark brown. #10 is a matte blue grey.

Jesses Girl Sounds of the City top row left swatches

Jesses Girl Sounds of the City top row right swatches

#1 needs a very light hand or it becomes quite frosty – not a good look on my middle age eyelids. #3 and #4 are very light shades that make great lid colors, but I do find I have to dig my brush into the shadow to get enough product to really show up. #6 makes for a beautiful smoky eye. The shimmer is excellent – just enough to give the shades complexity yet still be tame enough for the work day.

Jesses Girl Sounds of the City bottom row swatches

The bottom row are all matte shades, and I find I use them most often. I love #7 as a base shade with some thick black liner and loads of mascara. #8 and #10 are great crease shades and #9 is beautiful with tons of pigment.

For just under $7, these eyeshadow palettes are a steal – why not pick up both of them? Jesse’s Girl continues to impress us and we know you are going to love it too.

Don’t forget that you can get 20% off your entire order on Jessesgirl.com using the code JG2017BIZ through the end of February.

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