Side by Side with Shea Moisture

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How many brands do you know of that have been around since 1912? Of those brands, which ones have become more relevant in the 2000’s than they were before? There might be a few but the one we think you should notice is SHEA MOISTURE. It was started in 1912 by a woman named Sofi Tucker who started selling Shea Nuts at the village market in Bonthe, Sierra Leone in 1912. By age 19, the widowed mother of four was selling Shea Butter, African Black Soap and her homemade hair and skin preparations all over the countryside. Now her product line has grown but remains true to their origins. This cruelty-free brand that uses certified organic ingredients and recyclable materials has products for men, baby, bath & body, hair, as well as wonderful cosmetics.

SheaMoisture Weightless Shea Serum Foundation and Shea Butter Luscious LipstickBeauty Info Zone was sent some products to test and we’ve become surprised and delighted with what we’ve found. Today we’re sharing with you SheaMoisture Weightless Shea Serum Foundation in three shades along with two different Shea Butter Luscious Lipsticks.

SheaMoisture Weightless Shea Serum Foundation is a light, silky, fluid formula that blends easily with fingertips or a makeup sponge to provide light to medium coverage with a natural finish. Shades stay true. No ashy look. Feels comfortable, almost undetectable on the skin. Formulated with natural ingredients and blended with moisturizing Shea Butter and antioxidant-rich Vitamins C & E to nourish and protect skin.

MARCIA’S FOUNDATION AND LIPSTICK

Shea Moisture Tea Rose Luscious Lipstick and Weightless Shea Serum Foundation in Porcelain

Shea Moisture Nectar Luscious Lipstick and Weightless Shea Serum Foundation in Porcelain

Even though I selected Shea Moisture’s light shade, Porcelain, I was still quite concerned about the color match. Shea Moisture is a wonderful line for Women of Color but I wasn’t so sure how they’d be with someone as pale as I am. To my delight, they hit it out of the ballpark. Upon applying Porcelain on my hand to picture swatch it seemed too dark and a little too yellow for me but the first time I applied it on my face I knew that perception was all wrong. Porcelain is a perfect match for those of us who wear the lightest or second lightest shade in a foundation.

SHEA MOISTURE Weightless Shea Serum Foundation in Porcelain

SHEA MOISTURE Weightless Shea Serum Foundation in Porcelain

Being a serum foundation makes this a great choice for warm weather. The foundation is totally weightless and blends beautifully into a seamless finish. This wears so well on me that I’m often surprised at the end of the day that my face still looks evenly toned yet not like I’m wearing foundation.

I have Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation SPF40 and I’ve not only compared them but I’ve worn them both on the same day. Shea Moisture on one side, Bobbi Brown on the other side. Guess who wins? The $14.99 bottle of Shea Moisture looks better and lasts longer than the $65 Bobbi Brown. The two porcelain shades are almost identical with the Shea Moisture having better coverage and a small amount more tint to it. There’s no SPF in Shea Moisture but the difference is $50!! Ulta often has specials on Shea Moisture too. At the time I’m typing this they are 40% off a second SM product.

Shea Moisture Luscious Lipstick in Tea Rose

Shea Moisture Luscious Lipstick in Nectar

Shea Moisture Luscious Lipstick in Nectar is a perfect shade for me. So perfect in fact that I’m wearing it to my niece’s wedding. I still prefer a creamy lipstick in spite of the latest matte craze and Shea Moisture knows about creamy lipsticks. This contains Shea Butter as well as other emollients to keep lips soft and moisturized. It’s fragrance free (yea) as well as free of all the other bad things that we always mention. Most important is that I love the light to medium tone of this shade and the wear is great. Nectar is one of 10 shades that sell for just $9.99 (and those sales).

Shea Moisture Luscious Lipstick in Tea Rose

Shea Moisture Luscious Lipstick in Nectar

LISA’S FOUNDATION AND LIPSTICK

SheaMoisture Weightless Shea Serum Foundation and Shea Butter Luscious Lipstick

I think it’s a little easier for Marcia to find her color match in foundation – it’s always the lightest shade. For me, it’s a little more complicated  I go anywhere from light/medium to medium/dark, depending on where I am in my self tanning cycle.

SheaMoisture Weightless Shea Serum Foundation in Latte and Nude

SheaMoisture Weightless Shea Serum Foundation in Latte (left) and Nude (right)

The selection of shades is pretty incredible with this line – there are 20 of them, with lots of excellent shades for darker skin tones  I am sure you will be able to find your perfect shade in the range from Porcelain to Cocoa, with options for cool, warm, and neutral undertones. I tried two of the foundation shades, Nude (warm undertones) and Latte (neutral undertones).

I was taken aback at how little foundation is needed for excellent coverage. At first I put waaay too much on, not realizing how pigmented it was. This is a wonderful liquid foundation that can be layered for up to full coverage and lasts all day long. It’s also free of parabens, talc, gluten, sulfates, phthalates, mineral oil, and synthetic fragrance.

SheaMoisture Shea Butter Moisture Lipstick in Tea Rose

SheaMoisture Shea Butter Moisture Lipstick in Tea Rose

SheaMoisture Shea Butter Moisture Lipstick in Tea Rose

SheaMoisture Shea Butter Moisture Lipstick in Tea Rose

I think Marcia’s lipstick shade, Nectar, is very pretty, but I think my shade is even prettier! I have Tea Rose, which is a beautiful cool pink shade. I am in love with the shade and the moisturizing formula. I typically find I have to reapply the more hydrating lipsticks quite often, but this one has surprising lasting power.

Shea Moisture is a refreshingly affordable line that you can easily find at ULTA and at Target. Next time you are out shopping, be sure to take a look at the beautiful lipsticks and the excellent shade selection in the foundations.

*received for editorial consideration, affiliate links

Shea Moisture can be found at both ULTA and TARGET.

Shea Moisture Serum Foundation: Isononyl Isononanoate, Octyldodecanol, Shea Butter Cetyl Esters, Water, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Barium Sulfate, VP / Eicosene Copolymer, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Silica, Glyceryl Caprylate, Glycerin, Propylene Carbonate, Aluminum Hydroxide, Glyceryl Undecylenate, Isononanoic Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter. May Contain (+/-): Mica, (CI 77163), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77492, CI 77491, CI 77499), Ultramarine Blue (CI 77007).

Shea Moisture Luscious Lipstick:

Diisostearyl Malate, Ethylhexyl Hydroxystearate, Triethylhexanoin, Ceresin, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Polybutene, Ozokerite, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Diglyceryl Sebacate/Isopalmitate, Polyethylene, Dicalcium Phosphate, Phytosteryl/Isostearyl/Cetyl/ Stearyl/Behenyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Synthetic Wax, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Alumina, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Vp/Hexadecene Copolymer, Sorbitan Isostearate, Polyglyceryl-2 Diisostearate, Ethylene/Propylene Copolymer, Phytosteryl Macadamiate, Silica, Glyceryl Caprylate, Caprylyl Glycol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide (CI 77861). May Contain (+/-): Mica (CI 77019), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Red 6 (CI 15850), Red 7 (CI 15850:1), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Red 33 Lake (CI 17200), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985).

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Osmosis +Color Long Wear Liquid Foundation and Age Defying Treatment Concealer

Osmosis Colour Long Wear Foundation

Osmosis Colour Long Wear Foundation

Beauty Info Zone has been lucky enough to have tried several Osmosis +Colour cosmetics and each time we become more obsessed with the brand. The latest product that has been sent to us is their Long Wear Liquid Foundation. After wearing this for several weeks we have grown to admire Osmosis +Colour even more. There’s a big difference between Lisa and Marcia when it comes to skin tone. Lisa has a more golden skin tone plus she faux tans; Marcia is a pale person and she embraces that paleness. Lisa’s skin is on the oily sign with an active tee zone while Marcia has dry skin. That means you’ll get two views in our latest Side by Side.

Osmosis Colour Long Wear Liquid Foundation in Natural Medium

Osmosis Colour Long Wear Liquid Foundation in Natural Medium

LISA WEARS NATURAL MEDIUM

Osmosis Colour Long Wear Liquid Foundation is a great liquid foundation that comes in 8 shades on Osmosis’ site and 5 at Dermstore. This is a medium coverage foundation that is definitely buildable. It covers everything I want covered but it has a terrific finish and doesn’t look fake.

Osmosis Colour Long Wear Liquid Foundation in Natural Medium

Osmosis Colour Long Wear Liquid Foundation in Natural Medium

Osmosis Colour Long Wear Liquid Foundation in Natural Medium

Osmosis Colour Long Wear Liquid Foundation in Natural Medium

I tend toward shiny/oily in my t-zone, so I prefer matte foundations even though they can aging, especially around the eye area. The Osmosis Colour Long Wear Liquid Foundation is different because it’s almost matte, yet it’s still a little glowy so it doesn’t look dry. The effect is natural, which goes along with their tag line:  Be You. Be Beautiful.  

Wearing Osmosis Colour Long Wear Liquid Foundation in Natural Medium

Wearing Osmosis Colour Long Wear Liquid Foundation in Natural Medium

Natural Medium is the shade for me – I am typically MAC NW25, although I have some faux tan so I am probably at about an NW30 right now. I am loving the foundation and I hope you try it for yourself!

MARCIA WEARS FAIR

While Lisa has done the main review of Osmosis Colour Long Wear Liquid Foundation I have to put my two cents in of course. And speaking of cents – this foundation has no scent. I love that it’s fragrance free. But that’s not all I love about it. Since I wear this in Fair, the lightest shade, I want it to be very fair but not ghostly pale. The foundation fits that bill. It gives me life while blending in with my neck and forehead.

Osmosis Colour Long Wear Liquid Foundation in Fair

Osmosis Colour Long Wear Liquid Foundation in Fair

Osmosis Colour Long Wear Liquid Foundation in Fair

Osmosis Colour Long Wear Liquid Foundation in Fair

The weather has been extremely hot and usually sunny and I’m finding that this really is a long wear foundation. It’s not slipping away and it’s not melting off. It’s a winner for me.

The main product I want to talk about though is Osmosis Colour Age Defying Treatment Concealer.  One of my very favorite blushes is the Osmosis Colour Pink Pearl blush. I find I can wear it with just about any eye/lip combo I choose. Well, being a klutz, I dropped it and most of it shattered. I really missed it so within a few days I ordered it from Dermstore. To my delight the concealer was a gift with purchase with any $25 Osmosis order.

Osmosis Colour Age Defying Treatment Concealer

Osmosis Colour Age Defying Treatment Concealer

I don’t think I could have picked a better gwp. While the Age Defying Treatment Concealer comes in 4 shades (Fair, Silk, Light, Medium) the full size gift comes in Silk only. This is slightly darker and more yellow than the foundation but once it’s blended in, it still works well for me.

Osmosis Colour Age Defying Treatment Concealer in Silk

Osmosis Colour Age Defying Treatment Concealer in Silk

What’s unusual about this concealer is that it’s two-sided. One side is the concealer with a wand for application while the opposite side is a balm. I wasn’t quite sure what the balm would do but I’ve worked it into my routine some days now that I’m used to it. It’s a hydrating balm that plumps skin to ensure subsequent makeup doesn’t settle into any lines or wrinkles.

Osmosis Colour Age Defying Treatment Concealer - balm side

Osmosis Colour Age Defying Treatment Concealer – balm side

The balm is the reason this is called a Treatment Concealer. “Formulated with a cocktail of antioxidants and argan, apricot and coconut oils, this twist-up stick softens signs of age while preventing new ones from forming.”

After the balm has settled into your skin then follow through with the liquid concealer. It does a great job on dark circles for me plus it’s not just an undereye concealer like so many others. It’s great for your face and for any blemishes you might have. The way I use the balm is mostly in the evening before going out. My eyes often look like it’s the end of the day so I sweep the balm under them and pat it on. Then I’ll use the concealer wand to dab just a little product and blend that in. My face looks refreshed and I’m ready to roll. Ingredients are Shea Butter, Beeswax, Coconut Oil, Vitamin E, Titanium Dioxide, Dimethicone, Antioxidants, Vitamin C.

Purchasing the wonderful Osmosis Long Wear Liquid Foundation will also bring you the Age Defying Treatment Concealer in Silk. You can’t get better than that. While we don’t know how long the GWP is in effect, we do recommend that you take advantage of the savings while you can.

*foundations were provided for editorial consideration, concealer was a gwp with another Osmosis purchase

6/25/16 IT Cosmetics has a Customer Favorites TSV #ITsYourCustomerFavorites

IT Cosmetics Customer Favorites 4 Piece CollectionWe can’t wait to tell you about the latest IT Cosmetics Collection!  The IT’s Your Customer Favorites! Four-Piece Collection set is available for one day only – today! – as a Today’s Special Value.  Here’s the overview:

Inspired by you, the IT Cosmetics™ IT’s Your Customer Favorites! Four-Piece Collection features two of your most-loved products, plus two new game-changers for your beautiful eyes, your beautiful smile, your beautifulyou!  Best-selling Tightline™ gets to the root of your lashes for instant definition, while IT Girl™ favorite CC+ Illumination™—supersized for the first time!—delivers full coverage and a radiant, lit-from-within glow. Also included is new Je Ne Sais Quoi™, a color-infused lip treatment that helps hydrate and revives the look of your lips with a hint of color.. And, because you deserve IT, new Heavenly Skin™ CC+™ Skin-Perfecting Brush does the work for you to create your most flawless complexion every time!

We love the items in this collection and the price is great at $72.50 for four excellent products.  Lisa does lips and eyes and Marcia does face!

LISA REPORTS IN:

IT Cosmetics Customer Favorites 4 Piece Collection

This collection features fan favorites and I am a huge fan of the Tightline™. This thin wand does some amazing things – it is the perfect mascara for lower lashes, and it also primes upper lashes for thickening mascara. What it does best, though, is tightline the upper lid.

IT Cosmetics Tightline™

IT Cosmetics Tightline™

IT Cosmetics Tightline™ Wand

IT Cosmetics Tightline™ Wand

I just lift my lid up a bit, then sort of wiggle the wand along the base. Tightlining was always a chore, but it’s unreal how easy it is with this awesome baby! Tightlining really defines eyes and makes them look incredible. In this pick, I have no eyeliner on – just tightliner and some mascara.

IT Cosmetics Tightliner

A new favorite for me is the Je Ne Sais Quoi™ Hydrating Color Awakening Lip Treatment.  

Je Ne Sais Quoi™ Hydrating Color Awakening Lip Treatment

Je Ne Sais Quoi™ Hydrating Color Awakening Lip Treatment swatch

Je Ne Sais Quoi™ Hydrating Color Awakening Lip Treatment swatch

I’ve been a big fan of all the Je Ne Sais Quoi™ lip products in the past and this one is a great addition. It’s not a lipstick, it’s a super hydrating lip balm that gives just a hint of color to lips. It really feels amazing on and gives a great slip to lips. I have extremely pale and colorless lips to begin with, so I wish this had even more of a tint, but anyone with a little natural color to their lips will love it. The packaging is superb. I love how the cap clicks into place so there is no chance this will come apart in your purse. Even the box is awesome – love the little inspiration message!IT Cosmetics

IT CosmeticsMARCIA REPORTS IN:

What’s especially fun about this 4 piece collection from IT Cosmetics is that it’s a twist on favorites. There are new favorites and old favorites. My old favorite is the Supersize CC+ Illumination Color Correcting Illuminating Full Coverage Cream SPF 50+. Now that’s a mouthful.

IT Cosmetics Supersize CC+ Illumination Cream

IT Cosmetics Supersize CC+ Illumination Cream

CC+ Illumination CC Cream has been a favorite of mine since last summer. I’ve been crazy about IT’s CC Cream since the very beginning and the Illuminating version makes it that much better especially in the sunnier months. This is an all-in-one product since it contains

*anti-aging serum

*a moisturizing day cream

*skin-perfecting primer

*skin-brightening serum

*color corrector

*full coverage

*SPF 50+ broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection

IT Cosmetics Supersize CC+ Illumination Cream in Fair

IT Cosmetics Supersize CC+ Illumination Cream in Fair

IT Cosmetics Supersize CC+ Illumination Cream in Fair

IT Cosmetics Supersize CC+ Illumination Cream in Fair

All this in a supersize 2.53 fl oz size. The normal size, 1.08 fl oz, is left behind in the dust with this supersize one. The original costs $38 so one more than double the size makes this an exceptional bargain when you realize the entire TSV costs $59.94. I love the application of this CC+ Cream as well as the coverage. It’s an all day deal for me plus Fair is truly fair. It’s also available in Light, Medium, Tan, and Rich. The lighter color sets sell out quickly though so grab it now.

My new favorite: Heavenly Skin CC+ Skin Perfecting Brush.

Heavenly Skin CC+ Skin Perfecting Brush

Heavenly Skin CC+ Skin Perfecting Brush

It’s almost an oxymoron to call something a favorite and say it’s new. But IT Cosmetics has a line of brushes that are not to be believed. This cruelty free brush has a custom cut brush head. The application of the CC+ Cream with this brush is definitely heavenly. The soft brush hugs the natural contours of your face. This brush gives me an airbrushed finish. To have this along with the IT Cosmetics Supersize CC+ Illumination Cream is perfection. You’ll use this brush over and over and over.

IT Cosmetics’ TSV will be available only on 6/25. The number of the set is A278194. Whenever we are lucky enough to share the TSV with you in advance we always worry that you won’t understand what a great value this is and how quickly it sells out. Be sure you don’t make us worry!!

Direct link for purchase HERE

*sent for editorial consideration

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Are you ready for Covergirl’s Katy Perry collection, Katy Kat?

Summer 2016 brings us a Covergirl collection that is unlike any other. Together with Katy Perry they are developing a line that combines Katy’s creativity and with their beauty expertise. Covergirl has been shining for the past year and the Katy Kat Collection is one-of-a-kind.

Covergirl - be a Katy Kat

Covergirl – be a Katy Kat

Katy Perry has been a superstar for Covergirl for a long time so it’s fun to see what she’s experimented with to bring her own touch to a normally staid line. It starts with the Katy Kat Matte Lipsticks, includes products that she’s helped spruce up, and ends with a new mascara. With her pizzazz there’s a lot more to be excited about with Covergirl. This week Covergirl is Buy 2 Get 1 Free at Ulta which you’ll want to take advantage of with all these beauties.

*pr samples

Let’s start with her line of Katy Kat Matte Lipsticks. There are 11 shades that cover the gamut of colors that you’d love. These lipsticks are a demi-matte finish so they don’t look drying, instead they have the qualities of matte (being longer lasting and trendy) but still enough softness that they are moisturizing. I love the names of these lipsticks (Kitty Purry, Pink Paws, Cat Call, and more). I was sent the least Marcia color but the most Katy color: Perry Panther.

Covergirl Perry Panther from Katy Kat

Covergirl Perry Panther from Katy Kat

I’m not exactly a black lipstick wearer but I now know enough to purchase a shade like Katy Purry for $6.99 – 8.99. It isn’t a harsh matte, it has a soft fragrance, and it applies easily. The lipsticks are all moisturizing and great shades that you can wear with comfort. The packaging is new and doesn’t look like a drugstore product at all.

Covergirl Katy Kat Matte Lipstick

Covergirl Katy Kat Matte Lipstick

The next product developed for Katy Kat is their newest mascara which comes in both black and Perry Blue. KATY KAT EYE MASCARA is due soon and will be $6.99-$8.99 depending where you find it. This is a long wear mascara although it’s not considered to be waterproof. Covergirl says this has 10x the volume thanks to a helix shaped twisted wire brush. The brush’s bristles aren’t too long in order to make it easier to comb through and then pull your lashes up and out. Concentrate this on your outer lashes to get that cat eye look that Katy is famous for.

Covergirl Katy Kat Eye mascara in Perry Blue

Covergirl Katy Kat Eye mascara in Perry Blue

Katy says it best on the back of the package:

Covergirl Katy Kat Eye mascara

Covergirl Katy Kat Eye mascara

Covergirl Katy Kat Eye

Covergirl Katy Kat Eye

Next up is the wonderful Liquilineblast eyeliner pencil which has been around for a while but when you take this newer shade of Blue Boom and put it with Katy Kat Perry Blue Mascara you’ve got a winning combination. Liquilineblast lasts about 8 hours but only on my top lashline. I smudged it on the bottom and it oversmudged and didn’t last that long for me. I advise using a very sharp sharpener with these, the best you have, so you don’t waste this unique shade.

Covergirl Liquilineblast eyeliner pencil

Covergirl Liquilineblast eyeliner pencil

Covergirl Katy Kat Mascara in Perry Blue and Liquilineblast eyeliner pencil in Blue Boom

Covergirl Katy Kat Mascara in Perry Blue and Liquilineblast eyeliner pencil in Blue Boom

At Ulta you’ll find a new foundation called Ready Set Gorgeous.This is available in 12 shades and I was sent 3 to test: 115 Buff Beige, 205 Natural Beige, and 210 Medium Beige.

Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous Oil Free Foundation

Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous Oil Free Foundation

covergirl ready set gorgeous foundation swatches

Even though these are all darker than I normally wear I was still impressed enough with the oil-free finish and how easy it was to blend on my face. I added a little bit of my Manic Panic Dreamtone White Foundation to lighten 115 and it worked beautifully.

Now that you have your Katy Kat eyes and lips plus a new foundation you need their Tru Blend Blush and Bronzer – really you do!

Covergirl Tru Blend Blush and Bronzer

Covergirl Tru Blend Blush and Bronzer

Tru Blend Blush is available in three swirly shades: Light Rose, Medium Rose, and Deep Mauve. I was sent Medium Rose and it’s just beautiful. I can apply it with a feathery brush to create a light pink or use my regular blush brush for a deeper pink. Whichever I’ve done has been perfect.

  • Ultra blendable
  • Blends instantly – no blush lines
  • Baked minerals refined into a powder formula
  • Oil-free & suitable for sensitive skin
    Medium Rose Tru Blend Blush from Covergirl

    Medium Rose Tru Blend Blush from Covergirl

    Tru Blend Bronzer from Covergirl

    Tru Blend Bronzer from Covergirl

    Tru Blend Bronzer is just as easy to wear as the blush. Both the blush and the bronzer are baked and the pigmentation is wonderful. There’s no shimmer but there’s a satiny finish that gives me some glow. What I love about this is that there’s no orange at all – just a beautiful golden bronze that I can lightly use to perk up my ghostly skin.

    Covergirl Tru Blend Medium Rose blush and Bronzer

    Covergirl Tru Blend Medium Rose blush and Bronzer

    One last Covergirl product that I think you should definitely be picking up is their Trunaked Nudes eyeshadow palette. I’ve previously reviewed this and continue to wear it often. It is such a great basic palette to have, one you could count on for every occasion.

    Covergirl Trunaked Nudes palette

    Covergirl Trunaked Nudes palette

    Covergirl Nudes - Shell, Buff, Fawn, Champagne on top - Coffee, Mink, Sable, Cocoa on bottom

    Covergirl Nudes – Shell, Buff, Fawn, Champagne on top – Coffee, Mink, Sable, Cocoa on bottom

    With the holiday weekend coming up it’s always fun to have a few new cosmetic items and Covergirl won’t break the bank. They are on trend with quality formulas and fun. Katy Perry fun!  —  Marcia

*sent for review, affiliate links

Your foundation wardrobe just got bigger: The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops

adjusting-drops_m_lHow many foundations do you have languishing away in a drawer because the color is just a tiny bit off? Or are you like me, with many foundations in varying colors because the hue of your skin changes dramatically with each season?

Well, I may just have the product you need to save you all kinds of money and drawer space: The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops ($20).

There are two Shade Adjusting Drops: Lightening, which lightens and neutralizes yellowness, and Darkening, which deepens color.

The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops

The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops

The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops Lightening

The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops Lightening

The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops Darkening

The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops Darkening

They both come in a glass jar with a dropper. The drops are thick like a liquid or cream foundation, so unless you have a very thin foundation they don’t change the texture of the foundation. You can adjust the amount of drops to match the effect you need. For my example, I used Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge in Shade 03.

The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops - Lightening on left, Darkening on right

The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops – Lightening on left, Darkening on right

The original foundation shade is in the middle, and I put a single drop of the Lightening Drops on the left, a single drop of the Darkening Drops on the right. You can use less than a full drop — I find that a full drop dramatically changes the shade, so even though the glass jar is small the Shade Adjusting Drops will last a very long time.

The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops

The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops

As you can see, the Lightening Drops did indeed lighten the original middle shade while also giving it a cooler tint, neutralizing the tiny bit of yellowness in Shade 03. One more drop and it would be close to porcelain – it might even be light enough for Marcia! The Darkening Drops were even more dramatic, giving a definite chocolate tint to the original medium shade. I found that while the swatch looks incredibly darker, it was still very wearable and forgiving on my current medium skin.

The Shade Adjusting Drops can come in very handy for a little contouring work, using the lightened portions to highlight upper cheeks and straight down the nose, with the darkened shade for the sides of the nose and under the cheekbones. If you have any sagging under your chin – the dreaded ‘chicken neck’ – a little darkended foundation will make the sag recede and give a great optical illusion.

Overall I really like the Shade Adjusting Drops. They are lots of fun! It’s awesome to experiment, and it’s been great to wear some of my favorite foundations that I typically save for the lazy hazy days of summer. I recommend picking up both, that way you are ready for any potential skin emergency.  – Lisa

*samples sent for editorial consideration

WIN a PUR Cosmetics Freedom Collection!

Pur Minerals Freedom Collection

Pur Cosmetics Freedom Collection

To continue celebrating our sixth year of blogging, we have a fabulous giveaway for the Limited Edition Freedom Collection by PUR Cosmetics. This beautiful set that was inspired by The Divergent Series: Allegiant –  The third installment of the blockbuster Divergent series franchise, ALLEGIANT takes Tris [Shailene Woodley] and Four [Theo James] into a new world, far more dangerous than ever before.”                                                                                           PR sample

Win a PUR Cosmetics Freedom Collection!

Win a PUR Cosmetics Freedom Collection!

This set is an amazing value at just $39 and contains these nude essentials:

PUR Cosmetics Air Perfection Foundation in Medium

PUR Cosmetics Air Perfection Foundation in Medium

  • Your shade of Air Perfection – a compact cushion foundation perfect for lightweight, long-lasting coverage with effortless application
PUR Cosmetics Double Ego Eyeliner in Tasmania

PUR Cosmetics Double Ego Eyeliner in Tasmania

  • Double Ego Eyeliner in Tasmania– a 2-in-1 dual-ended chocolate eyeliner ideal for creating your favorite looks from sultry smoky eye to a well-defined cat eye
PUR Cosmetics Lip Gloss Stick in Berry Pretty

PUR Cosmetics Lip Gloss Stick in Berry Pretty

  • Lip Gloss Stick in Berry Pretty– a glossy finish to a nude lip for high-shine lips to lust over
PUR Cosmetics Mini Volume Vixen Mascara

PUR Cosmetics Mini Volume Vixen Mascara

  • Mini Volume Vixen Mascara– a powerhouse of nourishing hydration for a visibly thicker, fuller lashes from root to tip
Swatched from top to bottom: Tasmania chocolate pencil liner, Berry Pretty Lipgloss Stick, Tasmania black felt tip liner, Air Perfection Foundation in Medium

Swatched from top to bottom: Tasmania chocolate pencil liner, Berry Pretty Lip Gloss Stick, Tasmania black felt tip liner, Air Perfection Foundation in Medium

The Air Perfection Foundation is a favorite of mine. This cushion compact foundation convinced me that the cushion is far more than a gimmick and I’ve repurchased it twice. It comes with a refill, and the foundation is fragrance-free. The Double Ego Eyeliner in Tasmania is outstanding. I love using black eyeliner on my upper lid and brown on my lower, so this is perfect! The pencil side is great for the waterline too. The Berry Pretty Lip Gloss Stick is indeed pretty and you can layer it for deeper color. The Volume Vixen Mascara is the only mini-sized product and it’s a wonderful mascara that creates long, thick lashes. The brush has a full side and a flat side, making it great for both upper and lower lashes.

Wearing the PUR Cosmetics Freedom Collection

Wearing the PUR Cosmetics Freedom Collection

I can’t believe this collection is only $39. By itself, the Air Perfection Foundation is $43, Double Ego Eyeliners are $21, and the Lip Gloss Stick is $18. Plus there’s the mini mascara. Purchased separately these items would cost over $82.  AND, here is a link for a coupon:

20% OFF your next order with code 20SPRING16 at PUR Cosmetics. Offer expires April 10th.

You can purchase this Limited Edition set at Purcosmetics.com.  In the meantime, enter our giveaway!

The winner of our PUR Cosmetics Freedom Collection will get to pick their foundation shade – Light, Medium, Tan, or Dark.  To win this you must be a Beauty Info Zone subscriber from the US. This ends on 4/15/16 at 11:59 p.m. eastern time. Since comments are closed please email us at beautyinfozone@gmail.com and label it PUR; leave your comment in the email and continue on.   Good luck!!  – Lisa

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*items reviewed and giveaway prize courtesy of PUR Cosmetics.  Affiliate links.

I have a Hynt or two for you – read to learn more

Hynt Beauty isn’t a well known brand yet which is one of the reasons I enjoy testing their products and writing about them. I discovered HYNT from the blog Byrdie. They are madly in love with Hynt’s Concealer and recommend it all the time. Of course that meant I had to buy it too. This is the most heavy duty concealer I’ve ever used. If you want something that will take care of discoloration this is the product to try. When I purchased this it came in a tube like below but Duet Concealer is so thick that it wouldn’t budge from the tube. The concealer itself is lightweight but it just hated being penned up inside that tube.

Hynt Duet Perfecting Concealer

Hynt Duet Perfecting Concealer

They’ve repackaged Duet Perfecting Concealer which means that Hynt listens to its customers. While people often complain about jar packaging, I’d much rather get to use the product I buy than mourn the loss of enjoying such a good concealer.

Hynt Duet Concealer in new packaging

Hynt Duet Concealer in new packaging

Hynt Duet Concealer in fair

Hynt Duet Concealer in fair

This is available in 6 shades (fair, light, medium, tan, dark, deep) to fit all skintones.

HYNT Skin Prep Serum

HYNT Skin Prep Serum

After Lisa and I had the pleasure of reviewing Hynt’s eyeshadows and lipgloss I was very pleased when Hynt Beauty reached out and offered their SKIN PREP SERUM Bioactive Marine Complex ($44). This is such a powerful piece of skincare that is helpful to perfect your skin using natural ingredients. The goal of this Serum is to help resurface, firm and rewind your skin. I think Hynt can tell you better why they use seaweed as their number one ingredient better than I can.

Hynt Skin Prep Serum Seaweed information

Hynt Skin Prep Serum Seaweed information

Here are more amazing ingredients:

  • ORGANIC GRAPEFRUIT SEED : Balances the pH of the skin and speeds up digestion of proteins that helps cleanse skin by removing old skin cell layers.
  • ORGANIC ROSEMARY LEAF : Increases the skin’s elasticity while phytonutrients help protect skin cells from free radicals and the sun. A natural antiseptic with anti-inflammatory properties.
  • ORGANIC CLARY SAGE OIL : Warms and regulates the natural rhythm of the skin. A natural antimicrobial.
  • ORGANIC LAVENDER OIL : Calms and soothes inflamed skin and acts as a natural disinfectant. Known to be one of the most beneficial oils in the treatment of acne.
  • ORGANIC TEA TREE LEAF OIL : Distilled from the leaves of the Australian Tea Tree, its antimicrobial properties are effective in combatting acne.

Hynt Skin Prep Serum Bioactive Marine Complex is so good for my skin that I use it in spite of the fragrance. It is a very herbal fragrance to my uninitiated nose and I think it’s the lavender oil that I notice most. It lingers on me for at least an hour but as the day progresses I find that I don’t notice it.

Hynt Velluto loose powder foundation

Hynt Velluto loose powder foundation

Hynt snuck in another item in the package when they sent me the Skin Serum sample, their all natural face powder foundation VELLUTO PURE POWDER FOUNDATION in Light Beige. Even though I don’t use a powder foundation often I was definitely interested in this enough to see why they were so proud of the foundation. Being the “adventuress” that I am, I’ve used this both with and without the Hynt Skin Prep Serum.

Hynt Velluto loose powder foundation

Hynt Velluto loose powder foundation

This loose powder foundation contains nothing that is noted to irritate skin like talc, Bismuth Oxychloride, and Titanium Dioxide. I don’t get a mask like finish from this and it hasn’t irritated my skin or made it itchy at all like some loose foundations I’d previously tried. The look was natural and lasted the entire day. Applying the Skin Prep Serum first gave it a much more natural look too so that it didn’t look as flat as I expected.

Hynt Velluto Foundation in Light Beige

Hynt Velluto Foundation in Light Beige

Hynt Velluto Foundation in Light Beige

Hynt Velluto Foundation in Light Beige

I can wear Light Beige but I think Ivory would be a better match for me. This foundation is available in 7 shades so it should be easy to get a great match.

Our Skin Caring Ingredients:

  • WHITE KAOLIN CLAY : Purifies pores, vitalizes skin with essential nutrients and phytonutrients, and boosts skin’s cellular renewal and blood circulation.
  • ORGANIC LIME OIL : Helps reduce fine lines, wrinkles, sun spots and other signs of aging while treating congested skin with its cleansing properties. Rehydrates while helping to reduce acne and oily skin.
  • ORGANIC VANILLA EXTRACT : Purifies the skin by eliminating bacteria and reduces the appearance of sun spots while increases skin’s firmness. Also has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.
  • ORGANIC GERANIUM OIL : Promotes cellular metabolism and regeneration of new cells while acting as a powerful natural solution to heal and fade scars and other unwanted marks. Its astringent properties can help clear acne.
  • ORGANIC PATCHOULI OIL : Soothes inflammation and dryness, prevents infections and boosts the elasticity and tightness of skin.

The best deal for the cosmetic products that I’ve shared with you is their Discovery Kit. This kit contains their Velluto foundation along with more goodies for $49 which is one heck of a deal. Inside you’ll receive two shades of the Velluto Foundation, the Duet Perfecting Concealer, 1 FINALE Finishing Powder (Deluxe sample size), 1 LUMIERE Radiance Boosting Powder (Deluxe sample size), 1 Vegan Mini Flat Top Brush.

Hynt Beauty Discovery Kit

Hynt Beauty Discovery Kit

There are a lot of things that impress me about Hynt Beauty. Their website pages are filled with the information you want to know before purchasing. Every question I had about the brand was answered on their site. Next Hynt Beauty is a vegan brand (except for their mascara) as well as cruelty free. Their mission is to have the highest standards in ingredient purity, safety and efficacy. Isn’t that what you want to use?  — Marcia

*serum and foundation provided for consideration, concealer was personally purchased