EMMA New York Upper West Praline Lip Gloss

Emma New YorkI recently tested the lip gloss that is a part of the EMMA New York Evening Glamour collection ($49), available at Macy’s. The collection looks gorgeous – it includes:

  • Eye Shadow Wall Street White, Bowery Cocoa, Central Park Silver, Grand Central Grey
  • Cheek Color East Side Peach
  • Lipstick Soho Spice
  • Lip Gloss Upper West Praline
  • Cheek Brush features a tapered head

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All of the products are made from natural ingredients and the collection is meant to take you from ‘drab to fab in a New York minute‘. I can’t tell you if the whole collection does this, but I can tell you about the Upper West Praline Lip Gloss (sold separately for $18).

EMMA New York Upper West Praline

EMMA New York Upper West Praline

Upper West Praline is a pretty, sheer lip gloss that gives a slight peachy tint with shine and golden shimmer.  The formula has lots of nourishing ingredients that hydrate and protect lips, and it provides a nice slip without stickiness.

EMMA New York Upper West Praline

EMMA New York Upper West Praline

This is a nice shade for an uncomplicated, natural look.  I am interested in trying out the other products in the collection – that eye shadow/blush palette in particular looks great; I love the unusual mix of colors. Upper West Praline is probably really pretty over the Soho Spice lipstick, too.

Have you tried this collection? Does it take you from drab to fab in a New York minute??  – Lisa

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The EMMA New York Evening Glamour Kit retails for $49.00 exclusively at Macy’s.

Walking on the wild side with Lipstick Queen

Lipstick Queen
I recently went a little crazy with an Ulta order and decided to walk on the wild side with Lipstick Queen. I ordered four of the craziest colors I could find to add something fun and different to my lippie collection: Frog Prince, Ice Queen, Hey Sailor Lip Gloss, and Seven Deadly Sins Lip Gloss in Decadence.

Lipstick Queen Frog Prince

Lipstick Queen Frog Prince

Lipstick Queen Frog Prince swatch

Lipstick Queen Frog Prince swatch

Frog Prince ($25) is, as any self-respecting frog would be, green. But only initially. Once applied, this turns from frog into prince as it interacts with your body heat and chemistry. This lipstick keeps lips soft and kiss-worthy with vitamin E and shea butter. I find it actually works like a stain too, and is very long-lasting. I swatched this on a few friends and it was different on everyone…and everyone loved their own particular shade.

Lipstick Queen Ice Queen

Lipstick Queen Ice Queen

Lipstick Queen Ice Queen swatch

Lipstick Queen Ice Queen swatch

Ice Queen ($24) looks like it will apply as an opaque white, but it’s actually a sheer, softly shimmering silver and gold illuminator. Used alone, it gives some depth and shine to lips. It’s amazing over any lipstick shade as well. I use this all the time. It’s one of those lippies that effectively doubles your lipstick wardrobe.

Lipstick Queen Hey Sailor Lip Gloss

Lipstick Queen Hey Sailor Lip Gloss

Lipstick Queen Hey Sailor Lip Gloss swatch

Lipstick Queen Hey Sailor Lip Gloss swatch

Hey Sailor Lip Gloss ($25) gets some funny looks when I take it out of my bag. It doesn’t turn lips blue; it morphs into a berry shade with pearly shimmer. The blue shimmer actually makes teeth look whiter, which is pretty cool. I love that this gloss isn’t sticky at all. It’s actually more like a serum, with great slip and moisture. The formula has omega-3 rich algae, meadowfoam seed oil and shea butter.

Lipstick Queen Seven Deadly Sins Lip Gloss in Decadence

Lipstick Queen Seven Deadly Sins Lip Gloss in Decadence

Lipstick Queen Decadence swatch

Lipstick Queen Decadence swatch

Seven Deadly Sins Lip Gloss ($24) is definitely sinful. It has a thick, nonsticky texture that gives lots of shine. I am not sure if I love it, though – it’s tough to get the right amount of gloss. I typically get too much and it can collect in the corners of my mouth, which is NOT a good look. And it wears off pretty quickly.  I love the color of Decadence, which is a pretty deep pink, but the application and wear issues are problematic enough that I won’t be purchasing any other shades.

If you are thinking about taking a walk on the wild side, I heartily recommend being an Ice Queen, kissing a Frog Prince, and then really getting nautical with Hello Sailor!  – Lisa

Get triple hydration with Mally H3 Lip Gloss

Mally Beauty needs no introduction. We all know and love Mally with her bubbly personality and wonderful products. We love it even more when new products are introduced though and today we have Mally H3 Lip Glosses that are unlike any that Mally has ever introduced us to.

Mally H3 Lip Glosses

Mally H3 Lip Glosses

There are 6 total shades: Pink Daisy, Shimmering Nude, Sweet Peach, Tea Rose, Perfect Nude and Orchid Berry. All six can be found at Ulta.com for $20 each plus at QVC there’s a trio for $36. We were lucky enough to be sent 2 of these to do a Side by Side review but we think we are going to be buying more of these ASAP.

H3 stands for the triple hydration these glosses give you. “Get enviable, fierce coverage with this ultra-moisturizing high-shine gloss that is formulated with antioxidants and plenty of moisture, leaving your lips full and sparkling.”

MARCIA and her TEA ROSE H3 GLOSS

Mally H3 Gloss in Tea Rose

Mally H3 Gloss in Tea Rose

Tea Rose is such a Marcia color. I’m crazy about Tea Rose. What makes me even happier though is that Mally’s new H3 glosses feel so different from other glosses. Their triple hydration makes them feel so soft and moisturized. In general I’m not a lip gloss person like my partner Lisa. She looks so fabulous in glosses and loves them to pieces. I prefer a lipstick or liquid lipstick. But Mally has taken that bias away with this gloss.

Tea Rose in artificial light

Tea Rose in artificial light

Tea Rose indirect sunlight

Tea Rose indirect sunlight

Tea Rose is the perfect pinky peach with a small amount of sparkle to it that can’t be felt but that brings my lips to life. This is the shade that I always seek when shopping. This H3 gloss isn’t sticky at all. Even though Tea Rose is a fairly light shade, it imparts plenty of color and I can wear it alone or with a lipliner. I have to thank Mally for bringing out this new formula and ask her to create more “gorgois” shades.

Mally H3 Gloss in Tea Rose

Mally H3 Gloss in Tea Rose

LISA and her BERRY ORCHID H3 GLOSS

I definitely am a lip gloss person…I always need lots of slip on my lips. If my lips feel dry I get very antsy…in fact, I don’t even care if it’s rude, I put my lip gloss any time, anywhere because the alternative drives me batty. Most of my lip glosses are in the berry family so I had a feeling I was going to be happy with the Berry Orchid shade.

Mally Berry Orchid H3 Gloss

Mally Berry Orchid H3 Gloss

Mally Berry Orchid H3 Gloss

Mally Berry Orchid H3 Gloss

Berry Orchid is actually much deeper than I expected from the bottle. It has a slight shimmer that’s very pretty. My only issue with this gloss is the doe foot wand applies too much gloss for my thin lips. If I’m not careful, I find lots of gloss in the corners of my mouth – which is not a good look. So I’m careful to kind of scrape the doe foot along the side of the container as I pull it out, which solves the ‘corner gloss’ problem.

Mally Berry Orchid H3 Gloss

Mally Berry Orchid H3 Gloss

Mally H3 Gloss lives up to the triple hydrating, giving me soft and hydrated lips. The wear time is normal for a non-sticky gloss. While it would be awesome if it lasted longer, I still love this gloss and wear it all the time.  Nicely done Mally!

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Hard Candy makes stocking stuffers easy!

Hard Candy All is Bright and Gloss

Hard Candy All is Bright and Gloss

December 24th is always my day for stocking stuffers.  What do you put in your stockings?  I typically go practical and buy things that everyone needs but forgets to buy, like hand sanitizer, nail clippers, tweezers…then of course candy – this year I bought ‘decades’ candy boxes from OldTimeCandy.com.  It is so cool – pick a decade (like the 1970’s – Airheads, jawbreakers, and Pop Rocks!!) – then get a box of candy that came out during that time.  It’s an instant transport back to your childhood, or an instant education for your kids or grandkids.  Then, along with a few lottery tickets I always want to add some pretty and fun things, which is where Hard Candy comes in so handy.

Hard Candy All is Bright and Gloss

Hard Candy All is Bright and Gloss

Hard Candy All is Bright and Gloss

Hard Candy All is Bright and Gloss

They have several different lip gloss sets that are perfectly packages for the holidays and have a perfect price point too – the sets go for around $5, so every stocking should have one or two!  My set is the All is Bright & Glossy Lip Gloss Collection with 5 pretty layered glosses.  These glosses give a light tint and tons of shine and slip.  They are awesome for someone with pigmented lips, and I like to use them layered over lip liner.

There are other sets available, like the Tri-Me Lip Kit Collection which has 4 layered lip glosses and 4 shimmer lip glosses; the Tri-Me Face Kit with 2 layered lip glosses, 2 duo eye shadows, and 4 glitter eyeliner pencils; and the Glam Kit Eyeshadow Palette with a 24 piece eyeshadow palette – all of these kits are only $4.88 and you can find them at Walmart, www.walmart.com, and www.hardcandy.com.

Don’t wait until December 24th, though – these kits are so cute and so affordable I think they are going to sell out quickly.  – Lisa

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Get a personal recommendation from Kismet Cosmetics on Instagram! #MyKismetColor

Kismet Liquid LipsticksOk, I’ll admit it – I can be a little star struck when I meet or talk to the artists who create their own cosmetics line. I will always remember the time Scott Barnes rubbed some of his gleaming body lotion on my arms while he chatted about JLo. I will never, ever forget sitting with Bobbi Brown while she made up a list of the products from her line that she thought would be perfect for me as she told me about her recent MTV appearance. And how could I forget interviewing Dan Read and finding out he was a drummer in an ’80’s big hair band and his dad was an Elvis impersonator??

Every time I interact with one of these creative geniuses I feel as though I have been touched by a little magic. That’s how I felt when I posted an Instagram pic asking for a personal recommendation from Caitlin Picou, the super talented artist and creator of the Kismet Cosmetics line. Post a pic with the #MyKismetColor, tagging @KismetCosmetics, and guess what? She will give you a recommendation just for you!

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I asked Caitlin what her inspiration was for creating her Instagram program. She said, “I developed this hashtag campaign because I noticed throughout my launches and pop ups, that women were asking for my professional opinion on which colors would look best. Whether it was because they never wear lipstick and are branching out, or they haven’t found their perfect color yet. As a licensed makeup artist, I was taught how to view skin tones and coloring to find the perfect complimentary shades whether it is lipstick or eye shadow. I also take into account personality. You can tell from photos when a woman is a little more bold with her lip color, so I suggest a bolder shade. I just want to make it easier for women to step up their beauty routine. There are so many products and colors out there, we all need help cutting out the clutter. And that is what my brand, Kismet, is doing. Small color choices, but all top trends. I am not here to confuse, I am here to help!”

I can always, always use a little help (ha!) so here is the picture I posted on Instagram:

Kismet Cosmetics pic

 

  • beautyinfozoneDid you know that by posting a photo of yourself and tagging#MyKismetColor, Caitlin Picou herself will respond with a personalized Kismet lipstick shade? So Caitlyn, which shade would work best for my not-so-full lips??

  • kismetcosmetics@beautyinfozonegreat photo! I could totally see you rocking our liquid lipstick Come Play!! You could wear a lot but I would love to see you in that one!

I asked Caitlin for a few more specifics, and she said, “The reason I picked Come Play for you was because I took into account your hair, eye and skin color. You have brown eyes and hair, which means you can get away with a lot of colors. But purple will enhance the beauty of the brown. Come Play has a purple tendency so together they will play off each other perfectly. It is kinda like an artist, hence ‘makeup artist’, I take a look at the pallet and go with what appeals to the eye the most.”

Kismet Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick in Come Play

Kismet Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick in Come Play

Kismet Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick in Come Play

I got my hot little hands on Come Play and guess what? I LOVE it. I never thought how purple tones can enhance my coloring, but Caitlin was spot on. Here I am sporting my new Kismet Cosmetics Come Play lippie…what do you think?  Go to Instagram and post a photo of yourself – I can’t wait to see what Caitlin recommends for you!!  – Lisa

Wearing Kismet Cosmetics Come Play

Wearing Kismet Cosmetics Come Play

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Lust and glitter with Sleek MakeUP palettes

Sleek MakeUPIf you haven’t tried the fabulously affordable UK line Sleek MakeUP yet, this is a great time to do so! They are having a sale on a pretty cool collection called the 24K GOLD GIFT SET (LIMITED EDITION). It normally sells for $41.49 and right now it’s on sale for $30.00.  The collection includes:

  • i-Lust Eyeshadow Palette in The Gold Standard
  • Glitter Me Lip Gloss in Private Jet
  • Midas Touch Highlighting Palette
  • Makeup Bag

Sleek MakeUP recently sent us some products to test and while I haven’t tried everything in the 24K Gold Gift Set I have tried most of it.

THE GOLD STANDARD I-LUST EYESHADOW PALETTE (LIMITED EDITION) sells for $11.49 and includes four shimmer powder eyeshadows and two cream eyeshadows in golden shades. The six shades are housed in a chic palette with a mirror and a dual ended brush, with one side a standard eyshadow brush and other side is a sponge tip. The palette is sturdy and actually closes so well it’s tough to open, especially if you have long nails. The brush is just so-so…you will want to use your own brushes.

Sleek The Gold Standard I-Lust Eyeshadow Palette

Sleek The Gold Standard I-Lust Eyeshadow Palette Laurent and Coco

Laurent is a shimmery plummy brown that is INCREDIBLY pigmented.  I put this on and was like WHOA!  Use a little and build your way up. Coco is a coppery gold with shimmer that is very pretty as a lid shade.

Sleek The Gold Standard I-Lust Eyeshadow Palette

Sleek The Gold Standard I-Lust Eyeshadow Palette Margiela and Vera

Margiela is one of the two cream eyeshadows, a taupe with golden shimmer.  I don’t do well with cream eyeshadow since I have oily lids, but this one has good pigmentation and wears better than most cream eyeshadows do for me. Vera is a light shimmery gold that is a few shades lighter than Coco with more of a yellow tone.

Sleek The Gold Standard I-Lust Eyeshadow Palette

Sleek The Gold Standard I-Lust Eyeshadow Palette in Vivienne and Louis

I’m sorry, somehow I swatched these two in opposite order – in the palette it goes Louis then Vivienne, but in my swatch picture Vivienne is on the left and Louis is on the right. Vivienne is a pretty shimmery champagne that is great as a wash, or for the lid or brow. Louis is the second cream eyeshadow, and it looks like a shimmery gold in the pan but goes on rather sheer with sparkles. I am not a fan of this one. There is no real color and the sparkles tend to migrate.

Five out of the six eyeshadows are winners for me, so I do recommend this palette, especially for the price. Most of the shades are highly pigmented and I love the color combination.

Sleek Solstice Highlighting Palette

Sleek Solstice Highlighting Palette

The 24K Gold Gift Set features the Midas Highlighting Palette, which I haven’t tried. However, I have tested the SOLSTICE HIGHLIGHTING PALETTE ($14.99) which is similar, just different shades. This highlighting palette features two baked powders, one cream highlighter, and one shimmer powder. The finishes are all metallic and meant to give skin a sheen.

Sleek Solstice Highlighting Palette

Sleek Solstice Highlighting Palette Ecliptic, Subsolar, Hemisphere, Equinox

I feel like the Solstice Highlighting Palette is a bit ‘young’ for me. At my age, too much sheen or shimmer isn’t flattering. That said, those of you in your 20’s and 30’s will enjoy this palette. The powders are all highly pigmented and are in flattering shades. They can all be used as highlighters as well as eyeshadows, not to mention for some shimmer on arms and décolletage. I really like the one cream highlighter, Subsolar. It sheers out beautifully and is a great highlighter, especially high on the cheekbone.

Sleek Glitter Me Gloss in Uptown Girl

Sleek Glitter Me Gloss in Uptown Girl

Sleek Glitter Me Gloss in Uptown Girl

Sleek Glitter Me Gloss in Uptown Girl

The 24K Gold Gift Set includes a Glitter Me Lip Gloss ($7.49) in Private Jet – I haven’t tried that shade, but I have tried the GLITTER ME LIP GLOSS IN UPTOWN GIRL (LIMITED EDITION).

 This is a sheer lip gloss with a raspberry tint and lots of shimmer. I like it – the shimmer isn’t grainy and the gloss has a nice slip. I tend to wear this over lipstick since it doesn’t provide much color on its own, but it definitely makes a party out of a subdued or matte lipstick.

I think the quality of Sleek MakeUP is terrific for the price point. Check it out and take a look at the 24K Gold Gift Set while it’s still available.  – Lisa

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Sleek 24K Gold Gift Set

Sleek 24K Gold Gift Set

We have a hint for you – try Hynt Beauty

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We love it on Beauty Info Zone when we have found a new brand to use and share with you. Hynt Beauty isn’t new to the world of cosmetics but it’s new to us. Marcia first found the brand when she kept reading about their concealer and had to buy that. The concealer is wonderful but it’s very thick so she contacted the company with questions. Upon discovering that she was a blogger, Hynt sent along a few color cosmetics for us.

Hynt Beauty has very high standards and always has, but once the owner was diagnosed with breast cancer she realized that she had to question every product in her life and that included health and beauty products. Now that she’s a BCA Survivor she wants to make sure that the company she and her husband run is both cruelty free and carcinogen free. Products they’ve created are safe for very sensitive skin and are non-irritating. But they are also rich in pigment and luxurious.

“Hynt is FREE of Parabens, Nano Particles, Petrochemicals, Artificial Preservatives, Gluten, and all products are PETA-certified Vegan (except for the mascara, which is clearly identified) so there is no wondering or double checking, ever.”

 MARCIA AND HER EYESHADOWS

HYNT Beauty Perfetto Pressed Eye Shadows

HYNT Beauty Perfetto Pressed Eye Shadows

I couldn’t help but call dibs on the Hynt Beauty Perfetto Pressed Eye Shadows since there is nothing like a beautiful eye to me. These come in 8 different shades ($22) and if all are as silky smooth as Crystal Taupe and Linen Kiss then I want them all.

Hynt Beauty Crystal Taupe and Linen Kiss

Hynt Beauty Crystal Taupe and Linen Kiss

The names of these two eyeshadows alone had me excited but wearing them makes me even more so. These are very silky and easy to apply. They are both a satin finish and wear perfectly with an eyeshadow primer. Almost everyone I know is into taupe eyeshadows so Crystal Taupe is probably right up your alley too. This is a brown taupe that doesn’t have any unusual undertones. On my eyes it’s slightly warmer than this picture. I love to wear it on my lid with Linen Kiss on the browbone. Then when I want to get a little more contrast I’ll add a true dark chocolate to the crease to make my eyes more dramatic. Linen Kiss is a perfect browbone or lower lid shade. I’ve not only paired it with Crystal Taupe but with many of my neutral shadows.

Hynt Beauty Linen Kiss and Crystal Taupe Perfetto Pressed Eye Shadow swatches

Hynt Beauty Linen Kiss and Crystal Taupe Perfetto Pressed Eye Shadow swatches

These have skin caring ingredients like KAOLIN : Purifies pores, vitalizes skin with essential nutrients and phytonutrients, and boosts skin’s cellular renewal and blood circulation and JOJOBA OIL : Smooths, moisturizes and prevents dryness at skin’s deeper layers. Breathable and non-greasy, the oil is also known to diminish excessive sebum protection. Antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. It’s great to find a brand that can be so well trusted.

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LISA AND HER LIP GLOSS

I am always up for a new lip gloss and Hynt LIBRE Luxurious Lip Gloss in Pearly Rose Pink ($18) was definitely calling my name.

Hynt LIBRE Luxurious Lip Gloss

Hynt LIBRE Luxurious Lip Gloss

The lip gloss is creamy yet lightweight with great slip. It has some great ingredients so the gloss hydrates and treats lips while also providing a sheer, natural tint. Check out all that goodness inside one tube:

  • ORGANIC CASTOR SEED OIL : Extremely gentle on the skin and its water-binding abilities keep moisture close to the skin’s surface.
  • ORGANIC COCONUT OIL : Rich in skin moisturizing fatty acids and skin rejuvenating proteins that promote the natural, healthy renewal process of the skin.
  • ORGANIC SHEA BUTTER : Derived from the seeds of the African Shea Tree, the deeply hydrating skin smoother conditions and increases viscosity of healthy, balanced skin.
  • 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 JOJOBA OIL : Smoothes, moisturizes and prevents dryness at skin’s deeper layers. Breathable and non-greasy, the oil is also known to diminish excessive sebum protection. Antibacterial and anti-inflammatory.

Hynt LIBRE Luxurious Lip Gloss in Pearly Rose Pink

Hynt LIBRE Luxurious Lip Gloss in Pearly Rose Pink

Hynt LIBRE Luxurious Lip Gloss in Pearly Rose Pink

Hynt LIBRE Luxurious Lip Gloss in Pearly Rose Pink

Wearing Hynt LIBRE Luxurious Lip Gloss in Pearly Rose Pink

Wearing Hynt LIBRE Luxurious Lip Gloss in Pearly Rose Pink

Pearly Rose Pink has a lot of peach in it. Along with the golden shimmer, it almost has a coppery tone. I don’t have anything like it so I am getting lots of mileage from this great fall color. And if you are specifically looking for vegan lip gloss, this one is for you! There are a number of shades available and they all give you a ‘Hynt’ of color plus lots of hydration and healthy lips.

All Natural, Vegan, Organics-based, PETA Approved, Gluten-free and Non-Comedogenic. Naturally Preserved. Free of Toxins, Petrochemicals, Parabens, Nano-particles, Bismuth Oxychloride, Talc, Silicones, Mineral Oil, GMO’s, FD&C dyes, Carmine and Phthalates.

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