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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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.

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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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pinky promise (pink mauve), taupe of the world (deep taupe), you look mauveless (mauve plum),  just malt away (creamy malt)

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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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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.

Favorite eyeshadow palettes for Makeup Wars

This week Makeup Wars is focusing on favorite eyeshadow palettes. My favorite item to buy is a new eyeshadow palette. I’d spend my last pennies (or actually $$) on them. Being out of commission for the last two months hasn’t slowed me down when it comes to my love of them. In today’s article I’ve listed two wishlist items and four that I’ve bought. There are a lot more wishlist items I have but these 2 are the ones that I’m honing in on now.  – Marcia
1413133672_s1644848-main-hero-300URBAN DECAY VICE 3 is a wishlist item even though I’ve barely gotten use out of my Vice 2 palette. There’s just something about Urban Decay that seems to call me even though I ignored the brand for years. I can’t use every shade they create since many are too sparkly for me and some are out of my comfort zone but there’s so many shades that I’m eager to use that this is worth $60 easily.
1413133581_coseyeshdow7_lolta_main_w_800_img404_noimagemedium?1413133581MARC JACOBS STYLE EYE CON IN LOLITA is one I bought from Sephora and enjoy using. Yes it’s a typical nude palette but there’s something about Marc Jacobs Beauty that draws me in. I enjoy the luxury of taking it out of my organizer and applying it.
1413133241_27635-150ROUGE BUNNY ROUGE, RAW GARDEN EYE SHADOW PALETTE IN COSMOS is a limited edition that I am drooling over. Rouge Bunny Rouge shadows are more subtle than most of the choices I make and I have a feeling that this will be that way too. But I tend to use my RBR shadows very often for daily use. They aren’t too sparkly and they apply like silk.
1413132962_lorac-pro-palette-2LORAC PRO 2 is my newest palette and I’ve only had a chance to use it once. I received it, fell a few days later and have been laid up since. I already have the original Pro palette (below) so I know that this is a great addition to the shades in it. There are usually some sparkly shades in Lorac so I tend to ignore those but the ones I use are what drew me to adding another Lorac palette to my life.
1413132914_lorac-pro-paletteLORAC PRO is one of the palettes I get the most use out of. I believe this palette is what brought LORAC back into favor with beautynistas. Every list I saw in the last year included this as a favorite and after buying it, I know why. The shadows apply beautifully, wear well and don’t fade. Plus the colors are great for everyday and for special occasions. It comes with their great eyeshadow primer too which makes them wear even better.
1413132798_web_chocolatebar_openTOO FACED CHOCOLATE BAR PALETTE is my favorite of the 4 palettes I own from this list. I resisted buying it because I’m not a fan of fragrance and this smells chocolatey. But the scent is subtle – just enough to make you notice it, not enough to make others notice it. The colors are fabulous and I wish I had swatches for you. There are a couple of the more golden shades that I tend to wear more than others but I’ve yet to try a shade I haven’t liked. I love that there are two different larger base shades so you can start with a neutral or slightly cool base. This is a winner in my book. $49 well spent.
Do you own any of these palettes?
Please join my Makeup Wars blogger friends to see what is rocking their boat this fall.
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Pixi Beauty for October gives you reasons to be creative

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.

Pixi Beauty

Pixi Beauty

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.

Pixi Beauty Super Smoky Crayon Combo

Pixi Beauty Super Smoky Crayon Combo

Pixi Beauty Super Smoky Crayon Combo

Pixi Beauty Super Smoky Crayon Combo

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).

Pixi Matte Black Nail Color

Pixi Matte Black Nail Color

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.

Pixi Fairy Dust in Snow Sparkle

Pixi Fairy Dust in Snow Sparkle

Pixi Fairy Dust in Snow Sparkle

Pixi Fairy Dust in Snow Sparkle

Pixi Beauty Snow Sparkle Fairy Dust

Pixi Beauty Snow Sparkle Fairy Dust

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 Tinted Brilliance Balm in Soft Sienna

Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm in Soft Sienna

swatch of Pixi Soft Sienna

swatch of Pixi Soft Sienna

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