Perfectly petite stocking stuffers from Pixi Beauty

Stocking stuffers from Pixi!

Stocking stuffers from Pixi!

No trip to Target is complete without a major cosmetics aisle haul of Pixi Beauty.  I love that Target has testers, and the super cute size of the new items and kits that Pixi sent us make them absolutely perfect stocking stuffers!

Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm Trio

Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm Trio

I am a huge, huge fan of the Pixi Beauty Shea Butter Lip Balms.  I keep the Comfort Clear next to my bed, and I have one of the tinted balms in my purse at all times.  I let my mom use my Ripe Raspberry when her lips felt dry, and she wouldn’t even give it back to me!  The Shea Butter Lip Balm Trio ($16) includes three shades:  Comfort Clear, Honey Nectar, and Ripe Raspberry.  Be sure to pick up one of these shea butter and vitamin E infused lip balm trios for yourself, too.

Pixi Concealing Concentrate in Adaptable Beige

Pixi Concealing Concentrate in Adaptable Beige

Pixi Concealing Concentrate ($12) may look tiny, but it packs a big concealing punch!  This waterproof concealer is highly pigmented so it covers all sorts of skin sins.  The jar opening is small, but it keeps me from the temptation of using my finger.  A concealer brush easily grabs all you need – and you don’t need much – to conceal the after-effects of all that holiday partying.

Pixi Quick Fix Powder in Translucid

Pixi Quick Fix Powder in Translucid

Isn’t this loose powder absolutely adorable??  The Pixi Quick Fix Powder in Translucid ($20) works for all but the darkest skin tones to finish makeup and buff away shine.  The application sponge and the mirror on the top of the lid make this a fantastic way to powder your nose on the go.

Pixi Nail Polish, left to right:  Almond Glow, Crystal Champagne, Nude Dazzle

Pixi Nail Polish, left to right: Almond Glow, Crystal Champagne, Nude Dazzle

Marcia raves about Pixi nail polishes and for good reason.  These $8 polishes are the perfect size, not so big they go bad before you have a chance to use all the polish.  They come in fabulous shades and are chip resistant so manicures and pedicures last. The 3-free polishes even have built-in UV protection to prevent discoloration. Three great shades to put in any stocking are Almond Glow, a nude with subtle pink shimmer; Crystal Champagne, a festive multi-faceted rose gold shimmer; and Nude Dazzle, a light metallic nude.

Pixi Fairy Dust Favourites

Pixi Fairy Dust Favourites

Pixi Fairy Dust Favourites ($12) is a single stack of five loose powder highlighter/eyeshadows.  Each screw top lid is also the container for the color above, so it’s not something you can separate into five different gifts.  No worries, the colors are complimentary and all work great together.  They are beautiful eyeshadows that can be deepened with a mixing medium.  Fairy Dust also makes an awesome cheek highlighter.  The lighter shades give skin a beautiful glow when mixed with body lotion, and they make lips look lush when patted over lipstick.  The stack contains Fairy Dust in Snow Sparkle, a glimmering white; Gold Dust, a candlelit gold-nude shimmer; Brightening Bare, a medium nude sheen; Mocha Magic, a warm tan shimmer; and Copper Sheen, a rich metallic copper.

Any one of these petite pretties will perk up a stocking…get them all for a truly sublime stocking experience!  You can find them at Target or online at Pixi Beauty. – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Perfect autumn lips with bodyography Exfoliating Lip Duo

I swear, indoor heat is the most annoying thing ever.  I have so many issues with dry skin and dry lips…my entire body becomes the Saraha Desert.

Sahara DesertI am always surrounded by tubes of various lip balms, but at night I like to give my lips a good scrubbing with bodyography Exfoliating Lip Duo ($25).  Now, scrubbing the lips sounds painful, and I have had some bloody lip disaster with exfoliants that are just too harsh.  But I am completely sold on the Exfoliating Lip Duo that we were sent because it gently and effectively removes any dry skin, hydrates lips, and comes in practical, smart packaging.

bodyography Exfoliating Lip Duo

bodyography Exfoliating Lip Duo

This is a dual-ended lip treatment with a sugar-based lip scrub on the bottom and a Marula Oil based solid lip oil on the other.  It is just an awesome little package with a fantastic lip scrub.  First, the lip scrub tastes delicious.  Second, just a tiny bit scrubbed onto dry lips removes all dry skin and leaves lips super smooth.  Third, you don’t even have to wash it off after – just wipe with a dry towel.

bodyography Exfoliating Lip Duo Lip Scrub

bodyography Exfoliating Lip Duo Lip Scrub

Exfoliating Lip Duo Lip Scrub

Exfoliating Lip Duo Lip Scrub

Once lips are wiped clean (I dare you not to lick them first…it really does taste wonderful!) open the top of the jar for the solid lip oil.

Exfoliating Lip Duo Solid Lip Oil

Exfoliating Lip Duo Solid Lip Oil

Exfoliating Lip Duo Solid Lip Oil

Exfoliating Lip Duo Solid Lip Oil

The solid lip oil is Marula Oil, a fantastic antioxidant that treats lips and helps to build collagen.  This is the perfect finishing touch for hydrated, healthy lips.

Since I started using the Exfoliating Lip Duo every night my lips couldn’t look or feel better.  It is a real winner in my book.  It’s not just a night treatment – it’s also perfect before applying lip pencil and lipstick.

Check out these tips from bodyography Creative Director and professional makeup artist, Lori Leib, on how to get your fall lipstick to last.

Step 1: Exfoliate and hydrate your lips with Bodyography Exfoliating Lip Duo, this creates a beautiful base for any lip color.
Step 2: Lightly dab off the solid oil from the Exfoliating Lip Duo with a tissue after a few minutes – now your lips are prepped for color.

bodyography Rosewood Lip Liner
Step 3: Choose a smooth plum-colored lip pencil like Bodyography’s Rosewood Lip Pencil and line the outside of your lips.

bodyography Rosewood Lip Liner
Step 4: Use this same pencil to color in the entire lip.
Step 5: Take a pressed powder, I used Bodyography’s Every Finish Powder in Translucent and lightly brush some of the powder over the lip liner to create a nice matte base.

bodyography Every Finish Powder
Step 6: Apply a warm plum toned lipstick like Havana Sheer Lip Stick all over the lips, blot with a tissue and apply again.
Step 7: You should now be left with a long-lasting, sexy Autumn lip!

bodyography Havana Lip Color

Be sure to try this, it works!  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Double the care with ChapStick Hydration Lock

I love products that do more than one thing, and ChapStick’s newest product, Hydration Lock ($2.99), is doubly good.  ChapStick sent us their Moisture & Renew and Day & Night versions to try, and in this case being two-faced is a good thing.

The Hydration Lock Dual-Ended Balms are two lip balms in one, with a different formula on each end.

Chapstick Dual-Ended Hydration Lock:  Moisturize and Renew

Chapstick Dual-Ended Hydration Lock: Moisturize and Renew

Moisturize side

Moisturize side

Renew side

Renew side

The Dual-Ended Hydration Lock Moisturize & Renew is all about hydrating and treating for the best anti-aging results.  The Moisturize side has antioxidant CoQ10 and hyaluronic spheres, and leaves lips soft and silky.  This side has a slight vanilla flavor.  The Renew side has shea and mango butters, and tastes a little fruity.  I like to layer these for the full treatment.  Lips definitely look healthier with less fine lines when I use it.

ChapStick 24 Hour Hydration Lock

ChapStick 24 Hour Hydration Lock

Nighttime side

Day side

Night side

Night side

The Dual-Ended Hydration Lock Day & Night has skin protection on one side, and tons of moisturizers on the other.  This is the perfect ChapStick to have in your purse at all times.  The Day side has SPF 12 and no flavoring.  The Night side has shea and mango butters for conditioning lips, plus tamanu and coconut oil to soften and treat.  It doesn’t have much flavor, but it does smell like chamomile.

I love the packaging for these ChapSticks.  They are really convenient and definitely give 24 hour care for the lips.  You can find these in person and online at most major drugstores.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

BCA Limited Edition products from Coach, Smashbox, and Origins

BCA LE products lips and fragranceReviewing and writing about all these wonderful limited edition BCA products reminded me I was overdue for a mammogram.  I should have gone in August, but you know how life sometimes flies by. Suddenly the influx of favorite products that help stamp out breast cancer in one way or another made me pick up the phone and make an appointment.

I was surprised when my doctor called the day after I went through the tiny slice of hell that is ‘the mammogram’.  Based on my family history and personal health, I have a very low chance of breast cancer.  But for the first time, my mammogram results weren’t great.  They show there is an issue and I have to go back for more tests.

The reason I am getting so personal today is because I want to emphasize that ANYTHING that gets you to your yearly mammogram appointment is worth it.  I love cosmetics, I pay attention to cosmetics, so I thank every single company that promotes awareness or supports research.  That ten minute boob-squishing-torture just may save my life…and yours too.  Make your mammogram appointment today.

BCA 2014

Here are some of my favorite BCA Limited Edition products sent to us by Estee Lauder companies.

Origins BCA Drink Up Lip Balm in

Origins BCA Drink Up Lip Balm in Berry Splash

Origins BCA Drink Up Lip Balm in Berry Splash

Origins BCA Drink Up Lip Balm in Berry Splash

Origins Berry Splash swatch

Origins Berry Splash swatch

ORIGINS Drink Up™ Hydrating lip balm in Berry Splash ($17): I have been a huge fan of this lip balm forever. It has terrific slip and makes my lips soft and hydrated.  Ingredients like Jojoba Oil and Apricot Kernel Oil make this major hydration.

Berry Splash is a flattering shimmery medium pink that makes lips look especially lush.  And Origins is donating $3.50 from each one purchased to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®.

Coach BCA Poppy Wildflower Perfume

Coach BCA Poppy Wildflower Perfume

A very jaunty looking Coach BCA Poppy Wildflower Perfume

A very jaunty looking Coach BCA Poppy Wildflower Perfume

COACH Poppy Wildflower Perfume ($68):  This is some of the cutest packaging ever.  Coach Poppy Wildflower just came out this past summer.  The rounded glass bottle is topped with a suede ‘posse’ reminiscent of a beautiful poppy.  This is a fragrance for those who like things a little spicy, with notes of bergamot, pink pepper, freesia, mandarin, jasmine, patchouli, violet, and a hint of vanilla.  I don’t normally go for spicy florals, but this one is super sexy and is a perfect autumn fragrance.

20% of proceeds goes to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Smashbox BCA Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Promise

Smashbox BCA Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Promise

Smashbox Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Promise

Smashbox Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Promise

Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Promise

Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Promise

Smashbox Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Promise swatch

Smashbox Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Promise swatch

SMASHBOX Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Promise ($20):  I adore Smashbox Be Legendary Lip Gloss and I have several shades in constant rotation.  This lip gloss is hydrating, silky, and long-lasting.  The Promise shade, created just for Estee Lauder Companies’ Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign, is a soft pink tint with hot pink shimmer.  The formula is incredibly moisturizing and silky, and it lasts longer than any other typical lip gloss I have tried.    It keeps its shine and has a great slip without any stickiness whatsoever. 

$5 from your purchase is donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation®, dedicated to preventing breast cancer and finding a cure in our lifetime by funding clinical and translational research worldwide.

Remember, these are all limited edition products so get yours now before they sell out.  Restock your favorites or try some new things while supporting breast cancer awareness and research.  And if you haven’t gotten your yearly mammogram yet…PLEASE schedule it now.  You are worth it!  – Lisa

*  sent for editorial consideration by the Estée Lauder Companies’ Breast Cancer Awareness (BCA) Campaign. Learn more at  www.bcacampaign.com. Join the conversation: @BCAcampaign / #BCAstrength.

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

4 essential products to get ‘game day’ glam!

Football season is in full swing, and in Michigan people take this game very, very seriously.  Pro football is huge, and so is high school football.  My goodness, our high schools even have a class called ‘Football Advanced Training”.  Whether you are out tailgating at the stadium or hosting a game day at home, it’s far more fun when you are feeling glam.  Here are four products sent to the BIZ that will help you get your glam on.

Game Day Glam essentials!

Game Day Glam essentials!

First up, if you are going to be outside you still need protection from those UV rays.  Be sure to slather on sunscreen before cheering on the team, and what better brand for tailgating than Drunk Elephant??

This couldn't be more appropriate for the game days around here...

This couldn’t be more appropriate for the game days around here…

Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Defense

Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Defense

Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Defense

Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Defense

I love Umbra Sheer Physical Defense Sunscreen ($42).  It is made with raspberry seed oil, which gives extremely effective protection from the sun without irritating the skin.  When it comes to being out in the sun, it definitely pays off to go on defense with skin protection.

You can find this awesome sunscreen at DrunkElephant.com, dermstore.com, b-glowing.com and gotbeauty.com.

eos Visibly Soft Smooth Spheres

eos Visibly Soft Smooth Spheres

You know you will be cheering on your team, so be ready with soft, smooth lips thanks to eos Visibly Soft Lip Balm Spheres ($3.29).

eos Visibly Soft Smooth Spheres

eos Visibly Soft Smooth Spheres

Looks like the aliens have landed!

Looks like the aliens have landed!

These ultra cute, super affordable lip balms have hyaluronic acid and Vitamin C so they leave lips incredibly soft and supple.  Plus they are awesome conversation starters.  Every time I use one people ask what the heck it is…and I am always happy to share!  I don’t even know which one is my favorite, the delicious tingly Vanilla Mint or the creamy, soothing Coconut Milk.  Trust me, you want to pick up one of these really neat lip balms.   They are available at Target, Walmart, Ulta, Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid, Drugstore.com and EvolutionOfSmooth.com.

Whish Deoderant Swipes

Whish Deodorant Swipes

Whish Deodorant Swipes...super convenient!

Whish Deodorant Swipes…super convenient!

The weather can still be pretty warm, and sitting in the stands can be a rather sweaty experience.  Just pop a few Whish Deodorant Swipes ($8) in your purse, and you’ll be able to freshen up any time.  With consistent use, these also inhibit hair growth – that’s a pretty nice side effect.  You can find them at Nordstom.com.

Take the day off with Japonesque Pro Performance Makeup Wipes

Take the day off with Japonesque Pro Performance Makeup Wipes

Speaking of handy, Japonesque Pro Makeup Artist Wipes ($12.50 for 20 wipes) are the absolute definition.  Stadiums and game stands can be grimy and dirty, and these wipes dissolve away dirt, not to mention makeup.  They are great for last-minute touch-ups, and even better for wiping away the day after game time is over.  The vitamin E helps to ensure your skin is all ready to be glammed up for the next game time.  You can find these at Ulta.

With these four beauty necessities, every game day is a glam day.  It’s everything you need to start with Friday Night football and keep on going through Sunday!  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Game Day Glam collage

Recover seductive lips with Natura Bisse Lip Recovery Balm

Cooler weather is moving in, which means chapped lips could be in your future.  Now is the time to do some prevention so you don’t have to do triage later.  I have been in major prevention mode with Natura Bisse Lip Recovery Balm ($65, product sample), and it is the ultimate in luxury for lips.

Natura Bisse Lip Recovery Balm

Natura Bisse Lip Recovery Balm

Natura Bisse Lip Recovery Balm - luxurious packaging

Natura Bisse Lip Recovery Balm – luxurious packaging

Natura Bisse Lip Recovery Balm

Natura Bisse Lip Recovery Balm

Natura Bisse is a line that feels like fabulous indulgence in every way.  Just opening a Natura Bisse box makes me feel like I am wearing Louboutin heels and Bulgari diamonds whilst sipping Krug 1928 Champagne and luxuriating in a Chanel bubble bath.  I have read fantastic things about Natura Bisse Eye Recovery Balm, so I was hoping the Lip Recovery Balm would be just as great.  It certainly is different from any other lip balm I’ve ever tried…and it is wonderful.

I guess I am used to slick balms that make my lips feel all slippery, so at first I was taken aback by the texture of the Natura Bisse Lip Recovery Balm.  It doesn’t make lips slick, instead it ‘polishes’ them and gives a smooth, sleek look and feel.  It definitely hydrates and softens lips, and carob extract keeps lips from chapping.  Other ingredients include Opuntia Ficus extract for regenerating damaged skin, as well as aloe vera, Rosa Mosqueta, mango and shea butter, amaranth seeds and vitamin F to plump lips and increase elasticity.

Inside the jar of Natura Bisse Lip Recovery Balm

Inside the jar of Natura Bisse Lip Recovery Balm

Natura Bisse Lip Recovery Balm - interesting texture!

Natura Bisse Lip Recovery Balm – interesting texture!

Polished lips with Natura Bisse Lip Recovery Balm

Polished lips with Natura Bisse Lip Recovery Balm

The smooth texture makes Natura Bisse Lip Recovery Balm a perfect base for lip liner and lipstick, and it helps keep color from migrating into fine lines.  Since it isn’t shiny, your guy will also love it and kissing will be that much more enjoyable!

This is definitely one of the pricier lip treatments available, but the jar lasts a long time and the results are terrific.  If this is in your budget, I highly recommend it.  Louboutins, Bulgari diamonds and Krug 1928 Champagne are optional!  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

  • Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Glycerin, Beeswax (Cera Alba), Sodium Acrylates Copolymer, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Hydrolized Ceratonia Siliqua Seed Extract, Amaranthus Caudatus Seed Extract, Hydrolyzed Opuntia Ficus-Indica Flower Extract, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Lecithin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Bisabolol, Glyceryl Linoleate, Disodium EDTA, Tocopherol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Glyceryl Linolenate, Sodium Saccharin, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum), Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Red 4 (CI 14700).