More beauty from Hikari Cosmetics – eyes, lips, and cheeks, oh my!

Last Sunday, Marcia shared her beautiful Hikari products with you – the Jennifer Eyeshadow Palette, Iris Liquid Eyeliner, and Final Touch HD Powder.  This week I have more Hikari to love!  I tested the Jahren Eyeshadow Quad ($15), the Island Glow Blush ($15) and the Fireside Lip Crayon ($13).

Hikari Jahren Eyeshadow Quad

Hikari Jahren Eyeshadow Quad swatches

Jahren Eyeshadow Quad has two satin shadows and two matte shadows.  The names are Sage, Almond, Sable, and Magnetic.  I know which one is Sage, but the others I am not sure about – so I will just go in order top to bottom clockwise!  Top left is Sage, which is a gorgeous satin sage green.  This is a beautiful shade that is especially nice with hazel eyes.  I love it swept underneath bottom lashes – actually a trick Scott Barnes taught me many years ago with a similar shade of green he used to carry.  Next to the green shade is a pretty satin taupe shade.  Love this as a crease or lid shade.  The bottom row has the matte shades, first a light cream that is a great brow shade.  I also use it as an all over wash on days I am in a hurry.  Next to it is a deep chocolate-brown that is perfect for the crease or as a liner.

Hikari Island Glow Blush

Hikari Island Glow Blush swatch

The Hikari Island Glow Blush is a beautiful blush or bronzer.  I wear it as a blush on my low maintenance days, but typically I use it more as a contour.  I sweep it under my cheekbones then put a peachy/pink shade on the apples of my cheeks.  In the FOD pic below I am wearing only Island Glow.  It does give skin a nice glow and it’s tough to overdo this flattering peachy brown.  The Hikari blushes come in nine different shades and I would love to try some of the other shades because I find the texture is great and it really wears well.

Hiraki Fireside Lip Crayon

Hiraki Fireside Lip Crayon swatch

The Hikari Fireside Lip Crayon is really beautiful.  I wasn’t sure I could pull off such a bright color, but I just love this!  Fireside is a matte reddish pink that has some slip.  I put this on and it lasts quite a while.  Most reds turn pink on me, and this is no exception – it leans pink quickly.  It might be different for you based on your body chemistry.  I love the formula, the pigmentation, and the wear.  The Lip Crayons come in ten different shades and I am totally up for trying more of these!

Swatches of Hikari Island Glow Blush, Jahren Eyeshadow Quad, Fireside Lip Crayon

Wearing Hikari Jahren Eyeshadow Quad, Island Glow Blush, Fireside Lip Crayon

Marcia and I both are very impressed with this cruelty free and PETA certified line.  We are looking forward to checking out more from Hikari, and we hope you are too.  – Lisa

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Makeup Wars and lipstick = perfect combinations

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Makeup Wars is always a fun time because you get to see what many bloggers enjoy in one topic. When you mention lipstick or liquid lipstick or lip gloss to a blogger you get some happy women. I’m sharing some of my recent acquisitions to see if there are colors or brands that will make your lips and heart go pitter patter.

Models Own, PUR Cosmetics, Jane Iredale

Not to play favorites but it’s typical to like some colors and formulas better than others and one that really has my attention is Jane Iredale PlayOn Lip Crayon in Hot. I love easy and to me lip crayons are easy personified.

Jane Iredale PlayOn Lip Crayon in Hot

Jane Iredale PlayOn Lip Crayons are available in 7 shades. They are so creamy and just glide on. There’s no fragrance or scent to these and they are cruelty free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, phthalate-free, and oil-free. I don’t normally choose a red lip but Hot can be applied with different intensities to make it look more of a pinky red.

Jane Iredale PlayOn Lip Crayon in Hot

These are moisturizing, nourished with Vitamin E, and make my lips feel comfortable. I can add a gloss over it for more fun. I may be showcasing this in summer but it’s going to be an all year round lippie for me.

Next up PUR Cosmetics has two formulas I’ve worn this summer: Velvet Matte and Chrome Glaze. They are as different as night and day but each has its special attributes.

PUR Cosmetics Velvet Matte Liquid Lipstick and Chrome Glaze Lip Gloss

PUR Cosmetics Velvet Matte has a mousse like texture so it’s not as drying as I find many matte lipsticks to be. While it’s definitely a matte on my lips it feels very pliable and my lips don’t shrivel up. I have this in Obsessed which is considered a soft pink, it’s not a pastel though. Any time I wear a liquid matte I have to take my time to apply my lips since it’s not slapdash. A liner helps keep it in place so I don’t make mistakes.

PUR Cosmetics Velvet Matte in Obsessed

PUR Cosmetics also has Chrome Glaze High Shine Lip Glosses and this is more my style. I have this in Heartbreaker and it’s an amazing shade for me. I can wear this gel formula alone or even better apply it over my Velvet Matte lip for shiny beauty.

PUR Cosmetics Chrome Glaze in Heartbreaker

PUR describes Heartbreaker as “perfect pink” and it is the perfect pink for me. Not too bright, not too pale, just right! It’s a longer lasting gloss formula but like all glosses it’s going to have to be reapplied.

PUR Cosmetics Obsessed Velvet Matte and Heartbreaker Chrome Glaze

I don’t know how long PUR’s special lasts but using the code LIPSTICK can get you 3 lip products for $20 so that’s a deal you want to hop on.

As you may know ULTA has enhanced their stores and website with some amazing new brands. One of those brands is Model’s Own. This British brand has stormed the US with some innovative products. The prices are great so it’s a fun brand to explore.

Models Own LIX Matte Liquid Lipstick in Strawberry Mojito and Raspberry Mojito

Model’s Own LIX Matte Liquid Lipstick comes in 6 shades for only $7.99 each. If you love matte you’ll love Model’s Own. It’s the mattest of any matte I’ve ever tried. It has a minty fragrance to it that I find refreshing but there is a tingle with it that you’ll notice for a few minutes. Make sure your lips are exfoliated before wearing LIX since something this matte is going to show everything. The smoother your lips are, the better Models Own LIX will apply.

Models Own LIX Matte Liquid Lipstick in Strawberry Mojito and Raspberry Mojito

I love the packaging of these. It surely attracts attention. They also have some heft to them. Strawberry Mojito is a bright red on me with orange undertones, I mostly see the red once on. Raspberry Mojito is a dark berry on my lips though it swatches with more purple. LIX are very intense on me. You have to really like a bold matte lip to appreciate these two shades.

Models Own LIX Matte Liquid Lipstick in Strawberry Mojito and Raspberry Mojito

I’m going to put a plug in for Eddie Funkhouser Hyperreal Nourishing Lipsticks that I just reviewed since these are the lipsticks I’m getting a lot of use out of this summer. Plus I have a giveaway going on so you could win some!

Eddie Funkhouser Hyperreal Nourishing Lip Colors

What do you think of this very long lipstick post? Have you discovered any products that will make up your own lipstick wardrobe? If mine don’t enchant, then be sure to click on my friend’s posts to see how we can all spend money!  —  Marcia


Paula’s Choice Skincare Berry and Bright Lip Collection

Paula's Choice Skincare Berry and Bright Lip Collection

Paula’s Choice Skincare Berry and Bright Lip Collection

I love holiday lip colors – deep pinks, berries, and plums. They are fun and just so festive! A collection I am loving that is definitely holiday perfect is the new limited edition Berry & Bright Lip Collection ($45) from Paula’s Choice.

Paula's Choice Skincare Berry and Bright Lip Collection

Paula’s Choice Skincare Berry and Bright Lip Collection

True confession – while I am a big Paula fan (and have been since the 1990’s, that’s how OLD I am), I’ve never liked any of her lip products. I am also not a huge fan of lip crayons…I’m more of a lip gloss lover. However…I like these, I really like these!! The four chubby lip crayons are in festive shades: Currant, a traditional medium red; Plum, a deep purple/red; Winterberry, a pink/red; and Sugar, a pink opalescent. Sugar is great alone or over the other three matte shades to lighten them up and give some depth.

Paula's Choice Skincare Berry and Bright Lip Collection

Paula's Choice Skincare Berry and Bright Lip Collection

So why do I love these when lip pencils aren’t really my thing?  Six reasons:

1.  These have NO scent and NO taste. What else would you expect from Paula??

2.  The chubby pencils twist up so there is no sharpening involved and no special sharpener needed.

3.  While the lippies go on smooth and satiny, they have TONS of pigment and the stain lasts and lasts. In fact, if you aren’t into bold color be careful applying!

4.  They don’t dry out my lips! Awesome for matte stains.

5.  Sugar is amazing. It really makes the set even more versatile – it’s like getting 7 colors, not 4.

6.  This makes four awesome gifts if you want to break up the set – about $12 for a very large lippie that will last a long time.

Berry & Bright Lip Collection is perfect for holiday lips…really for any season. It gets a big thumbs up from me!!  If you are new to Paula’s Choice, click HERE for $10 off your first order (which also gives me a refer a friend credit!) – Lisa

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MOODmatchers Twist Sticks to brighten your mood

What goes around comes around. One of the newest fashion crazes is fanny packs. Did you used to wear one? Did you think it was a wonderful fashion statement? Well they are back and Shopbop has some great looking ones from $17 to $395 so you know they are in style again. Did you ever have a mood ring? Did it work? I had one and it was a fun diversion. Those are back too!

Mood ring from amazon.com

Mood ring from amazon.com

What’s never gone away though are lipsticks that change with your chemistry. I received 3 Fran Wilson MOODmatcher Twist Sticks and they take me back to the future. These are such an interesting twist on most lip crayons as you’ll see.

Fran Wilson Moodmatcher Twist Sticks

Fran Wilson Moodmatcher Twist Sticks

There are 6 shades of the Fran Wilson MOODmatcher Twist Sticks and they are long lasting colors that are great for when you need your lip color to last and last. When applied they go on lighter than the final results you’ll end up with. I found that it took about an hour for them to fully develop. What looks dark on me though may look lighter on you because of your personal chemistry.

Fran Wilson Moodmatcher Twist Sticks

Fran Wilson Moodmatcher Twist Sticks

Moodmatchers Twist Sticks in red, dark pink and light blue

Moodmatchers Twist Sticks in red, dark pink and light blue

On the box there’s a picture of what the shade will look like but I found that that’s how it appeared upon first application. The shades all turned darker on me with time. These are called 12 Hour Lip Color and they really do last. It does fade but it didn’t leave any “ring around the rosey” lines for me. After a few hours I applied my Burt’s Bees lip balm and the color mellowed out and remained as a stain. My lips were comfortable all day.

MOODmatcher lips in Dark Pink first applied

MOODmatcher lips in Dark Pink first applied

MOODmatcher lips in Dark Pink after an hour

MOODmatcher lips in Dark Pink after an hour

MOODmatcher swatches in red, dark pink and light blue

MOODmatcher swatches in red, dark pink and light blue

MOODmatcher Twist Stick in red

MOODmatcher Twist Stick in red

wearing MOODmatcher Twist Stick in Light Blue

wearing MOODmatcher Twist Stick in Light Blue

When it came to my mood the Dark Pink changed the most. It started off pink but became more fuchsia after an hour. The Red just deepened and didn’t change as much. Light Blue was the lightest of the three and didn’t turn as much as Dark Pink but still not a light lipstick. After the freshness of applying, they all settled into a stained look that later welcomed a lip balm. MOODmatchers are hydrating and vitamin enriched. And they stick around after some smooching.

This is a fun product to carry around with you since these Twist Sticks don’t have to be sharpened, just twist them up when you want more of the color to show. And at $8 each they are priced well enough to have several.

MOODmatcher lips

MOODmatcher lips

fran wilson mood lips side box

The claims that MOODmatchers makes are real except that I found it developed more as time went on. Whatever your vibe is, I think there’s going to be a MOODmatcher Twist Stick for you. Are you thinking Christmas stockings when you look at these? Think of the fun someone will have opening a blue or yellow lip crayon? — Marcia

*sent for consideration

 

 

Pixi Pixi Pixi – how you complete me

Pixi Beauty products you need

Pixi Beauty products you need

Pixi Beauty continues to surprise and delight me with the products that they send. These 5 cosmetics will bring you brighter skin, gorgeous nails, and lips & eyes that shine. All of these will give you a special glow.

Pixi Glow Mist

Pixi Glow Mist

Pixi Glow is almost a cult product. It’s one of the most popular products that Pixi Beauty has created. They’ve taken it one step forward now and created Pixi by Petra Glow Mist. This mist works with Pixi Glow but it’s a totally separate product. Its goal is to give you an all-over glow for a radiant, dewy effect. It’s a spray that really works. You can use this before makeup to hydrate, protect and nourish your skin. Or use it after makeup to add a dewy finish. Plus you can use it any time you want to refresh your makeup look and add that wonderful glow. At $15 for this 2.7 oz bottle you’ve got yourself a reasonably priced winner.

Pixi Beauty Fairy Dust in Olive Gold

Pixi Beauty Fairy Dust in Olive Gold

Pixi Beauty makes a pigment product that they call Fairy Dust ($10). There are two new shades added to this collection and they are beauties. First is Olive Gold which I knew I’d love before I even opened the package. Olive Gold is described as “vintage gilded moss shimmer” and that alone made me want it on my eyes instantly. I have brown eyes and I think that the gold with an undertone of green makes for an especially pretty eye.

Pixi Olive Gold Fairy Dust

Pixi Olive Gold Fairy Dust

Another new shade is Silver Glow which is described as “Satin silver with a lavender-gold sheen”.

Pixi Fairy Dust in Silver Glow

Pixi Fairy Dust in Silver Glow

Pixi Fairy Dust in Silver Glow

Pixi Fairy Dust in Silver Glow

I bet that reading the name Silver Glow sounded a bit scary since silver isn’t the easiest shade to pull off once you are over your twenties. But silver that isn’t metallic is a beautiful shade and this has that touch of lavender and drop of gold to make it gleam.

The sponge applicator doesn’t apply on my eyes smoothly so I take their recommendation of using a fluffy brush and use this all over my eyelid as a wash. If I want to get more dramatic I’ll use a mixing medium to darken the silver or I’ll use a charcoal or black in the outer crease.

Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm in Lucent Glow

Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm in Lucent Glow

While not a new product Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm in Lucent Glow ($14) is a new shade for me. Actually it’s not really a shade, you don’t want to wear this alone, or at least I don’t. I love Pixi’s lip crayons because they hydrate, are easy to apply, and look good. Lucent Glow is a very light luminous rose gold shimmer in a translucent pink base. This goes well with the theme of GLOW for February’s products. This will look good all year round though and bring a lift to any lipsticks you happen to be wearing. 

Pixi Beauty Amethyst Amore nail polish

Pixi Beauty Amethyst Amore nail polish

For me the star of the show is Pixi’s Amethyst Amore nail polish. I can’t even begin to tell you how many people took my hand over the week I wore this to look at this fabulous deep blue-violet shade. Amethyst Amore is well named since it was instant ‘amore’ with this polish. Pixi wears beautifully on me, lasting a week with no problem.

Pixi Amethyst Amore

Pixi Amethyst Amore

I’ve raved about Pixi many times before and products like these will keep me raving and talking about their virtues. All 5 of these are being used and will continue to be used by me with amore. — Marcia

Pixi Beauty is available at their website as well as at Target stores. These products will be available March 5 at stores but to be assured of getting the products I want though I rely on Pixibeauty.com.

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Let Mineral Fusion help fill your gift list with Sheer Moisture Lip Tints

 

 Mineral Fusion’s Holiday Lip Tints Kit

Mineral Fusion’s Holiday Lip Tints Kit

 

MINERAL FUSION has a great gift set whether it’s for a stocking stuffer, a gift exchange, a treat for yourself, or a cutie under the tree (or menorah). This cute set can be found at Whole Foods  for only $19.95. The great news is that it contains 3 full size Mineral Fusion Sheer Moisture Lip Tints so it’s like buying two ($9.99 each) and getting one free.  Since I absolutely love lip crayons and I love a sheer color on my lips I was thrilled when Mineral Fusion sent this my way for review.

The three full size lip sheers  in the  Mineral Fusion’s Holiday Lip Tints Kit

FLICKER: a pretty, easy to wear Berry Shade. All the Sheer Moisture Lip Tints contain lip firming peptides in a hydrating formula.

Mineral Fusion Flicker

Mineral Fusion Flicker

Mineral Fusion Flicker

Mineral Fusion Flicker

GLISTEN:  a caramel shimmer

Mineral Fusion Glisten

Mineral Fusion Glisten

Mineral Fusion Glisten

Mineral Fusion Glisten

Glisten is actually lighter than my picture shows and since it’s sheer it looks lighter on my lips.

SMOLDER:  a cherry red that’s my favorite. It’s my AHA moment because I’m normally not comfortable in red but this sheer shade makes it wearable and not as bold as I’d find a red. Plus the cherry makes it more on the cool pink side.

Mineral Fusion Smolder

Mineral Fusion Smolder

Mineral Fusion Smolder

Mineral Fusion Smolder

Let me tell you more about why you want this set! Mineral Fusion is a company that is 100% vegetarian with most products 100% Vegan. All products are free of gluten, parabens, SLS, phthalates, artificial colors and synthetic fragrances. The cruelty free blogs that I follow all love Mineral Fusion products and they are PETA and Leaping Bunny certified.

The lip crayons are made of 100% pure minerals in an ultra-hydrating formula that’s infused with cocoa butter and a lip-firming peptide. You can swipe them on without looking or you can take the time and build up the color with several layers. It’s a gluten free formula that has an easy to wear vanilla-mint flavor. I notice the scent and flavor when I first apply these but this doesn’t linger and that’s another reason I’m enjoying them so much. The colors are vibrant even though sheer. It’s hypo-allergenic and is free of any artificial colors.

Mineral Fusion swatches from top: Smolder, Glisten, Flicker

Mineral Fusion swatches from top: Smolder, Glisten, Flicker

Although I haven’t tried Mineral Fusion nail polish I saw these sets on Prime Beauty and want to go check to see if my Whole Foods carries them. $9.99 for three mini polishes is a great gift. Prime Beauty’s pictures and descriptions will convince you that you need these too.

Mineral Fusion nail sets from Prime Beauty's blog

Mineral Fusion nail sets from Prime Beauty’s blog

These Mineral Fusion gift sets will make all beauty lovers happy and they are reasonably enough priced to slip in one or two for yourself. — Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration

 

Ingredients: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Ethylhexyl Hydroxystearate, Jojoba (Simmondsia  Chinensis) Seed Oil, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax,  Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Isopropyl Palmitate, Cetyl Alcohol, Ascorbic Acid  (Vitamin C), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Aloe Barbadensis, Tocopheryl  Acetate (Vitamin E), Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract,  Eupatorium Rebaudianum Bertoni Leaf Extract, Origanum Vulgare (Oregano) Leaf  Extract, Thymus Vulgarus (Thyme) Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, and Natural  Vanilla Mint.    May Contain: Red Iron Oxide (CI 77491), Yellow Iron Oxide (CI 77492), Black Iron  Oxide (CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Mica (CI 77019).

Great goodies from October’s Glossybox

Glossybox

Glossybox

I’m guessing that we all love surprises although there are a variety of surprises we could have in our life. Some aren’t so great (falling and being out of commission for months) and some are wonderful (finding about a new baby or marriage) while others are surprises that come because we want them. Glossybox sent their latest surprise box and this qualifies to be in my third category – surprises because we /want them.

October’s Glossybox is a welcome surprise for me and added some needed fun to my life. While I haven’t had a chance to use them all, I think this box is loaded with products that are going to be well loved for me.

Contents of the October Glossybox

Contents of the October Glossybox

I was especially thrilled when I opened the pink box to see some familiar packaging – TARTE!  One of my favorite brands and definitely one of my favorite products: POWER PIGMENT in Flush. I’ve raved constantly about these lip crayons so it’s no surprise to hear me rave again. Flush is a sheer berry hue that will suit most complexions. This is a matte lip but it doesn’t feel or look that matte to me. I find the Power Pigments to be comfortable on my lips. They are easy to use, easy to wear, and beautiful. With Flush you can create a stained effect by just dabbing it with your finger. If you don’t have any of these Tarte Lip Crayons or don’t have Flush then this $24 pays for the cost of the box. The rest is just gravy!

Tarte Power Pigment lip crayon

Tarte Power Pigment lip crayon

Tarte Power Pigment lip crayon in Flush

Tarte Power Pigment lip crayon in Flush

The next product I pulled out of the box is from NAILS INC. I have always enjoyed the polishes that I’ve bought from Nails Inc. and this is new to me: Westminster Bridge Matte Top Coat ($10). What’s great about owning a matte top coat is that you can get double wear out of your polishes. Do your manicure with a glossy top coat, wear it a few days, then apply this matte top coat and change up your look in an instant. Another thing I’ve been seeing a lot is people that apply the matte polish/top coat on their full nail and then doing a “french” tip in a shiny top coat.

Nails Inc Matte Top Coat

Nails Inc Matte Top Coat

You can’t miss the biggest product in the box PROGANIX VOLUME ROOT BOOST FINISH + BODY BUILDER ($11.99, 5.1 FL OZ). Proganix has gone through some name changes in the last year so you might be more familiar with their original name of Organix. Same great line, just a new name. The Volume Root Boost is to help give you not just bigger hair but it adds volume and body. It contains soy protein and caffeine to walk up your style. It’s a great shine booster too.

Proganix Volume Root Boost Finish + Body Builder

Proganix Volume Root Boost Finish + Body Builder

Next is pampering time and boy do I need that. SESHA BOTANICAL HYDRO MASK ($9 each) is a full sheet facial mask that is great for calming down your skin. It contains cucumber, green tea and marigold which are known for anti-inflammatory benefits. Give yourself 15-30 minutes of relaxation with this mask on and you’ll be glowing after.

SESHA Botanical Hydro Mask

SESHA Botanical Hydro Mask

SESHA Botanical Hydro Mask

SESHA Botanical Hydro Mask

For all you fragrance lovers out there Glossybox has included one of the prettiest minis I’ve seen in a long time. The fragrance is VINCE CAMUTO AMORE EAU DE PARFUM and this is a limited edition. According to Glossybox this stars “ephemeral scent of fresh-cut flowers and fragrant fruits atop a base of comforting cashmere, rich amber and earthy sandalwood”. The fragrance is a sensual one. The mini bottle is a beautiful addition to your fragrance wardrobe.

Vince Camuto AMORE eau de parfum

Vince Camuto AMORE eau de parfum

Vince Camuto AMORE eau de parfum

Vince Camuto AMORE eau de parfum

Lately Glossybox has been adding in some bonuses and this month is no different. My box contained a $40 gift car to HELLO FRESH which is a food service. You go to their website at hellofresh.com, pick out recipes you want to try from their weekly menus, and order the pre-measured ingredients to create the recipe fresh at home. They deliver nationwide and have veggie boxes as well as ones with meat products. It’s an interesting concept and a nice way to try it out for free.

Hello Fresh

Hello Fresh

Hello Fresh

Hello Fresh

This October Glossybox is still available as of this writing and it’s a great deal. You pay $21 per month and get all these goodies along with free shipping. Right now they have a bonus for new subscribers, Glamglow Tinglexfoliat Treatment Deluxe sample with the code GLAM. Order this box ($60 value, for $21) at Glossybox.com. — Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration