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

Celebrate the new year with IT Cosmetics TSV “New Year Your Most Beautiful Skin”

#yourmostbeautiful2016 IT Cosmetics TSV

#yourmostbeautiful2016
IT Cosmetics TSV

#yourmostbeautiful2016

Saturday, January 16th is one special day on QVC since it’s Beauty Day. The best part of Beauty Day for us is that it means a TSV for IT Cosmetics. And what a great TSV it is. Lisa and Marcia are thrilled to have received a sneak peek to share with you so you can see what special items are in IT COSMETICS NEW YEAR, YOUR MOST BEAUTIFUL SKIN COLLECTION, 6 piece set.

IT Cosmetics TSV Your Most Beautiful Skin #yourmostbeautiful2016

IT Cosmetics TSV Your Most Beautiful Skin #yourmostbeautiful2016

LISA is sharing CC+ Veil Cushion Compact Foundation and 2 brushes

IT Cosmetics stole my heart a long time ago and it continues to be one of my favorite cosmetics line. This set is really a fantastic value and so much fun!

IT Cosmetics New Year, Your Most Beautiful Skin foundation and brushes

IT Cosmetics CC+Veil Cushion Compact Foundation

IT Cosmetics CC+Veil Cushion Compact Foundation in Medium

IT Cosmetics CC Veil Foundation in Fair

IT Cosmetics CC Veil Foundation in Fair

The CC+ Veil Cushion Compact Foundation is a sponge-worthy foundation (for all you Seinfeld fans!) that has just about everything. It has a 50+ SPF, an anti-aging serum, a moisturizer, a primer, and a sheer to medium foundation, all in one. If you have oily skin you will still want to use a separate primer, but otherwise this is definitely a multi-tasker that will make you very happy.

IT Cosmetics CC+Veil Cushion Compact Foundation refill

IT Cosmetics CC+Veil Cushion Compact Foundation refill

The squishy sponge houses a creamy liquid foundation that goes on like gossamer, it’s so lightweight. The coverage is sheer but buildable, and what I really love about this set is it includes a refill! I’m not sure how long the sponge will last, but I’m glad to know that once I’ve used it up I have another one ready. My shade is medium, and it’s a neutral tone that is a little on the light side for a medium shade.

Heavenly Luxe Dual-Ended Complexion Perfection Brush

Heavenly Luxe Dual-Ended Complexion Perfection Brush

Heavenly Luxe Dual-Ended Complexion Perfection Brush

Heavenly Luxe Dual-Ended Complexion Perfection Brush

While the foundation comes with an application puff, I prefer the Heavenly Luxe Dual-Ended Complexion Perfection Brush. This brush is oh-so-soft, but it’s densely packed so it gives great control.  The large end is perfect for applying the Cushion Compact Foundation and the small end is great for those hard to cover areas like around the eyes and nose.

Angled Radiance Creme Brush

Angled Radiance Creme Brush

Angled Radiance Creme Brush

Angled Radiance Creme Brush

The other brush included in this set is the Angled Radiance Creme Brush. It has an angled edge that really hugs your cheekbones. The bristles are fabulous for cream blush application, blending the blush so naturally it creates a beautiful, glowy flush. I think my three products alone are worth the $59.96 price tag, but there are even more goodies included that Marcia has for review.

MARCIA is sharing Je Ne Sais Quoi! Lipstick and Creme Blush

Once you open this fabulous TSV you’ll find two Je Ne Sais Quoi products – one brand new and one revamped. Let me start with the revamped lipstick.

Just the other day when I wrote about Pantone 2016 Colors I showed you a picture of Je Ne Sais Quoi Blurred Lines Smooth Fill Lipstick. When I opened my new lipstick I found that the color wasn’t the same but the technology was. Originally the lipstick was almost clear and your body’s chemistry changed it to suit you. Now the lipstick is tinted pink and comes in a special iridescent white case. So pretty, so nourishing, full on color that has collagen and hyaluronic filling spheres to make your lips look your most beautiful ever.

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi lipstick for the TSV

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi lipstick for the TSV

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi lipstick for the TSV

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi lipstick for the TSV

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi lipstick

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi lipstick

Now to the exciting part for me (don’t get me wrong though, I adore the foundation too). A creme blush!!!! I am a creme blush fanatic so I was especially excited to find this in the QVC TSV. This too is named Je Ne Sais Quoi, officially IT COSMETICS CC+ VITALITY BRIGHTENING CREME BLUSH in JE NE SAIS QUOI. Call me thrilled.

IT Cosmetics CC+ Vitality Brightening Creme Blush in Je Ne Sais Quoi

IT Cosmetics CC+ Vitality Brightening Creme Blush in Je Ne Sais Quoi

The blush tries to trick you but you’ll be thrilled with its trickiness. It appears as a pink in the compact but when I swatched it I found it look very light. So light in fact that I worried that it wouldn’t show up. But like the lipstick it’s a color correcting anti-aging creme blush. It starts off light (see picture below) but then deepens on its own to a very natural pink. It never gets too deep on me but it’s not too light either. It’s, to quote Goldilocks, “just right”. The Angled Radiance Creme Brush described above is a great tool to smooth this onto your cheeks.

IT Cosmetics  Je Ne Sais Quoi swatches, top blush, bottom lipstick

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi swatches, top blush, bottom lipstick

If you add up the products in this TSV they’d cost you $214.00. But like all IT Cosmetics TSV’s the price is amazing at $59.96. The TSV number is A272018 for a one time buy and A276946 for auto delivery. Don’t miss out on this great deal and the opportunity to have your most beautiful skin ever.

#yourmostbeautiful2016

*sent for editorial consideration

Learn about Oxygenetix Breathable Foundation

osygenetix logo

Oxygenetix Breathable Foundation is a unique formula of foundation that was created for people who are recovering from surgery as well as for people who have skin issues like rosacea, acne scars, wounds, rashes and other skin conditions. Oxygenetix has assured patients that this breathable foundation is safe to use as it camouflages any evidence of surgery. This is not a product that you’re going to walk into a department store to purchase. Instead where you’ll find this is in medical spas and plastic surgeons offices.

Beauty Info Zone was sent Oxygenetix Breathable Foundation to test out to show you what it’s like on skin without these severe problems.

Here are some things we learned:

1.  Not only does Oxygenetix allow your skin to breathe, it actually drives oxygen into your skin’s cells using a breakthrough oxygen complex known as Ceravitae – which helps to heal, minimize and eliminate procedural scars.  It’s almost like getting an oxygen facial all day long! “Ceravitae”, the super charged oxygen complex in Breathable foundation, proliferates collagen cell and connective tissue growth in aging or wounded skin.

2.  Minimizing downtime and scarring following surgery was the principle of importance when Oxygenetix developed Breathable Foundation.

3.  Oxygenetix’ FDA licensed laboratories, genetics and formulary scientists teamed up with cosmeceutical designer Barry Knapp in formulating and testing this revolutionary foundation. There has never been a makeup developed that gives compromised or aging skin so many benefits.

Oxygenetix shades

Oxygenetix shades

There are 14 shades of this foundation available. The company divided those into blue based and yellow based colors. Both of us chose shades in the blue based family. Marcia’s is Pearl and Lisa’s is Taupe. Let’s see what these two think of Oxygenetix.

MARCIA’S review of Pearl Oxygenetix Breathable Foundation

Oxygenetix - Oxygenating Foundation

Oxygenetix – Oxygenating Foundation

The first thing that comes to mind when thinking about Oxygenetix is how important a product like this is to people with problems, it actually solves two problems not just one: the outer one that the world can see and the inner one that only the wearer can feel. If a foundation can boost your self-esteem that’s a step in the right direction. While I just have sun spots and redness from veins, I still feel I need to cover up those problems with a foundation. I’m not the type of person that walks out without something on my skin to even it out. Oxygenetix does a great job of just that on my skin.

Oxygenetix

Oxygenetix in Pearl

If you notice I have even more splotchiness on my hand than I do on my face since my hands are more exposed to the sun. Pearl, the lightest in the blue family, is still a little dark and yellow when shown on my hand. Once blended in though there’s a seamless finish that does a good job of covering those unwanted spots.

Oxygenetix in Pearl

Oxygenetix in Pearl

From reading about the foundation you’d probably think that this is thick and hard to apply. Surprisingly it’s very lightweight and applies like a breeze. I first started using my fingers but I prefer using a very lightly dampened Beauty Blender sponge. My skin ends up with a light covering of a non-cakey foundation that helps mask all the imperfections that drive me crazy. The icing on the cake for me is that this is fragrance free!

LISA’S review of Taupe

Oxygenetix Oxygenating Foundation

Oxygenetix Oxygenating Foundation

This foundation is the BOMB. All the amazing benefits for skin are listed above, so I am just going to tell you how it works for me. I tend to gravitate towards full coverage foundations anyway – I have hyperpigmentation and red areas, not to mention dark undereye circles that need some major cover up. So I was super excited to try this out, and I wasn’t disappointed.

It covers EVERYTHING, which can be good or bad – no one wants a foundation that looks like a mask. We all want skin that is as close to perfect looking as possible, but still looks like skin. Oxygenetix Oxygenating Foundation delivers! It covers and evens my skin, and I don’t even need concealer. It also lasts and lasts. I went for an hour long bike ride and was totally wrung out, but my skin still looked perfect. What an awesome find!

Oxygenating Foundation in Taupe

Oxygenating Foundation in Taupe

I don’t have a preferred application technique because it looks great applied any way, even in 15 seconds with my fingers because I am late late late. My shade is Taupe which is perfect for my NW23 skin. This is the color for those of you who are between light and medium with neutral tones. If you are looking for a full coverage foundation that looks natural and has great staying power, this is your dream foundation. Now get busy and get some for yourself!!

Where to buy

Online at Beauty Store Depot for $66

*sent for editorial consideration

Holiday parties? Try these five drugstore beauty items!

Holiday parties?  Try these five drugstore beauty items!‘Tis the season for holiday parties! The drugstore is my favorite friend because it has pretty much everything needed to get party perfect. Here are five picks to help you get smooth, styled, and glammed up gorgeous.

*pr samples

Venus Snap Razor

Venus Snap Razor

GET SMOOTH! Venus Snap Razor, $9.99-12.99  How cute is this? I’m often in a hurry when getting ready and the Venus Snap Razor‘s no-slip-grip is perfect, giving a super close shave while also hydrating skin. If you are going out of town for your parties, this is the perfect razor to pack.

Hair Food Moisture Hair Mask

Hair Food Moisture Hair Mask

GET STYLED!  Hair Food Moisture Hair Mask, $11.99 The Hair Food Moisture Hair Mask is a once a week treatment, and it’s terrific to use for party perfect hair. This isn’t a mask you need to pile on…a little goes a long way. Be sure to rinse well because it’s so moisturizing it can leave hair feeling a little sticky when it’s wet. After hair dries it is unbelievably smooth, shiny, and soft – exactly what want for a holiday party!

COVERGIRL Outlast Stay Luminous Foundation

COVERGIRL Outlast Stay Luminous Foundation

GET GLAM! COVERGIRL Outlast Stay Luminous Foundation, $9.79-12.79  This a liquid foundation that is great for those with normal skin. It really does last and last, which is what you want when you are going to party all night. It gives medium coverage and a natural look. It does have a slight fragrance. I find that it’s better to use a foundation sponge than a brush or even fingers – sponging it on gives the best coverage and finish.

COVERGIRL Outlast Longwear Lipstick in Magnetic Mauve

COVERGIRL Outlast Longwear Lipstick in Magnetic Mauve

GET EVEN MORE GLAM! COVERGIRL Outlast Longwear Lipstick, $6.99-8.99 Get some major glam and keep it with Covergirl Outlast Lipstick. It’s a cross between a lipstick and a gel-based balm and it feels divine on the lips. I am loving the Magnetic Mauve shade, which is a flattering, pretty holiday berry.

Swatches of COVERGIRL Magnetic Mauve and Bombshell Shine Shadow in Platinum Club

Swatches of COVERGIRL Magnetic Mauve and Bombshell Shine Shadow in Platinum Club

GET SUPER GLAM! COVERGIRL Bombshell Shine Shadow in Platinum Club, $6.99-8.99 Have you tried the Covergirl Bombshell Shine Shadows yet?  If not, you need to get some stat!! It’s a soft, sort of powdery mousse that goes on in sheer layers. It takes only a few moments to dry into a beautiful shimmery finish. Platinum Club, a multi-hued purple/brown/gray is my pick for a holiday perfect shade. It’s fantastic alone, although it’s wonderful paired with a matte pink or light gray shadow. The staying power is excellent, even without using an eye primer.

Get to the drugstore and get ready to party on!!  – Lisa

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